US tennis star feels some people don’t want Black players to succeed
Natalie Grand, a former top ranked player in the world, discusses how she feels about the lack of diversity in the US tennis community and tennis and how it impacts her future.
The U.S. Open is a little more than two weeks away, and once again we will be seeing the world top-seeded Americans battle it out for the title of champion on court No. 2.
However, this year’s edition of the tournament will see a major change of format, due to the sudden death of Andre Agassi at 39 and the fact that there is a new women’s champion to represent the USTA in the first Slam of the season.
With the men taking time to get their legs back under them and it not being possible to go and play tennis full time, we have to be very cautious and careful in looking at how we plan out the women’s circuit. However, one name we do have on our radar is Natalie Grand.
Grand, who was one of the stars of the 2004 US Open won the 2010 Australian Open, is currently ranked no. 6 in the world and has a number of high-profile endorsements.
She is a huge tennis fan, has her own social media account, and as she is one of the most popular players on social media has also opened her own Twitter, Instagram and Facebook page.
Despite playing professional tennis at an astonishingly young age of only 14 she is already well known in the tennis community.
It is almost as if people don’t want you to succeed, which is a strange thing to say to a young player who has been to the top and has been on TV.
“We’re not in a position for you to feel you have failed and to feel that you aren’t good enough for whatever reason,” Grand told the Daily Mail. “There are people who don’t want you to succeed and just think you are lazy or stupid.”
Natalie tells the Daily Mail that she is not just ‘a pretty face, nice to talk with’ but she has a bright future.
“The reason that people don’t like me is because I