Why did SMH publish this?
I’m pondering how it is that the Sydney Morning Herald decided to run this piece yesterday headed ‘True to form the drama queens have been holding court again.’
Robert Grant, for AAP – a news service I usually respect – describes how female players really aren’t very good. They are boring to watch, their matches ‘dreary’, but their off-court actions make it all worthwhile. In fact, it is their drama queen behaviour which justifies them being allowed to play at all.
But the women fully deserve their place in the game because they provide off-court entertainment that the men seem intent on avoiding. And they have proved that, while the matches might be a dreary string of error-ridden statistics, women have given us wonderful tales.
Grant then goes onto list all these off-court antics, seemingly oblivious to male players like John McEnroe and others whose behaviour has been far from immaculate over the years.
And what’s with including Kim Clijsters in the drama queen roll call? Clijsters was not being a drama queen when she exposed Channel 7′s Australian Open commentator Todd Woodbridge for his texts to a former number one woman player, in which he said he thought Clijsters was pregnant because she seemed grumpy and her ‘boobs looked bigger’.
Why is he checking out her breasts in the first place?
What Clijsters did deserves to be commended not made fun of in a mocking article. She nailed Woodbridge with style, grace, and humour.
We Heart: Kim Clijsters
Just after tennis player Kim Clijsters beat her opponent in the Australian Open, she scored a major victory for the women of the world. Read the rest here.
But it’s the 21st century and we’re still putting up with true to form articles like that by Robert Grant.