Serena Williams Forced Sports Journalists To Get Out Of The ‘Toy Box’ – And Cover Tennis As More Than A Game
Serena Williams has pushed the boundaries of women’s tennis, and in doing so, has insisted that women be treated better by journalists and event organizers.
September 02, 2022 at 6:44 pm
Of the many outstanding components of her game, Serena Williams may best be known for her commanding serve.
Those serves, unleashed over the course of a 27-year professional career, arguably heightened the power and intensity of the women’s game, forcing her opponents to game plan for each wicked volley.
To those chronicling her exploits as one of the world’s best tennis players, Williams served up a different challenge.
As a scholar of sports journalism, I have observed how its practitioners have struggled to find their footing when it comes to establishing consensus about what exactly constitutes good sports journalism.
Williams’ presence as a Black woman in a historically white, patriarchal sport, her commitment to activism and her willingness to bare her personal challenges to the public forced sports journalists to reevaluate professional norms that urged them to focus only on what happened between the lines.