| king canary wrote:|
I guess the question is can a middle aged white man ever truly be 'reasonably informed' about dealing with sexism and racism. We're not on the receiving end of it (despite what some might claim).|
Well, we certainly can be.
But you don't need to be, to identify it. There is sexism in a variety of sports. I'm sure it must exist in tennis somewhere but for Serena to try and claim it exists in this scenario undermines genuine concerns internally within the sport.
I watch a lot of tennis. I play a lot of tennis. There are strict umpires, lenient umpires. There might even be sexist umpires. But this umpire was umpiring an all women tennis match. So if he was sexist, he was going to lose either way. But to indefinitely claim the umpire IS sexist, when he was simply following the rules and guidelines. Admittedly to the letter, but following them nonetheless. And if you were to look into it a bit further, he has a track record of being fairly strict in both mens and womens tennis.