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September 8, 2009

On Tennis and Great White Sweethearts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — pprscribe @ 9:50 pm

“She looks like she just scrubbed her face with Noxzema,” says sportscaster Michelle Beadle, currently the co-host of SportsNation on ESPN2. “She’s like Reese Witherspoon playing this role in a movie. She looks like a girl whose summer job is to sell clothes at Abercrombie.”

…For American women’s tennis, Oudin’s arrival has been a long time coming. Not since the 1970s, when Chris Evert rose to the top of the pro-tennis scene, has this country seen such a girl-next-door-style sweetheart in the sport, said Michelle Beadle. “From Day 1, I’ve never heard the Williams sisters referred to as sweethearts,” she added.

…On Wednesday, Oudin faces yet another high-ranking opponent, this time Danish No. 9 seed Caroline Wozniacki. Americans will be rooting for Oudin. Yet even if she doesn’t win—at the close of a summer of polarizing battles over back-to-school speeches and health-care debates—Oudin has provided the country with a burst of sunshine. [Source]


It’s hard to imagine why Melanie Oudin — a fine tennis player with a bright future, to be sure — would be viewed as America’s Sweetheart, while Venus and Serena Williams are not. Except, of course, for the fact that Oudin is a pretty, young, blonde white woman, and Venus and Serena Williams are African American.

You see, you can’t be America’s Sweetheart if you’re black. I mean, the very idea! After all, that would mean that African American women could be viewed as attractive, just like a white girl. And that is simply not considered acceptable. [Source]



  1. Well PBRscribe, I’ve never been the one to hunger for popular opinion. I’ll take the girl with the skinny legs. That be Venus Williams. I’ve never liked the smell of Noxema.

    I mean, Melanie Oudin is a decent tennis player but maybe we should put this into context. We are in a day and age when people are questioning rather or not they should let their children listen to their president. Can you believe that!?

    So calling Ms. Oudin the next American beauty is par for the course. Heck, the way things are going, if they even thought about giving that title to one of the Williams sisters, some might censure their children from watching the U.S Open.

    Comment by careycarey — September 9, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

  2. That’s why I wasn’t cheering her on. I see they are positioning her to be the new “New” “New”. I’m still riding with the Williams Sisters….

    Comment by citizen ojo — September 12, 2009 @ 1:21 am

  3. Well, Carey, I guess no one consulted with Ms. Wozniak about Oudin’s new status. LOL

    Citizen Ojo: I know. When this much nonsense surrounds sports, it is hard to look at games and matches objectively and just enjoy it. A person close to me who is somewhat of a tennis expert says Oudin just does not have what it takes to be a major player, mainly because of her height.

    Comment by pprscribe — September 12, 2009 @ 10:42 am

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