Fifty Great Essays
Robert DiYanni. Longman/Penguin Academics(2008)
Michael Hogan, “The Colonel”
Tennis is so popular these days and so much a part of the average teenager’s sports’ experience, that it is difficult for most of them to imagine a time when it was not. Yes, in the post-war period and the Fifties of my childhood, tennis was considered more a rich man’s sport played at country clubs and exclusive resorts. Competitive singles was largely a sport for the male sex and, although women had been competing for years at Wimbledon and other international venues, most were amateurs and the few professionals who did compete got paid so little it was laughable. It wasn’t until Billie Jean King’s assertiveness in 1967 and the Virginia Slim tournaments of the Seventies that the sport opened up for a generation of Chris Everts and Steffi Grafs, and finally grew to include the million-dollar players like Venus and Serena Williams who changed the sport forever making it the dream of every athletic boy and girl.
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