Serena and Venus Williams reign at the US Open: Inside the ‘Williams effect’ on tennis

first_img Written by August 29, 2018 /Sports News – National Serena and Venus Williams reign at the US Open: Inside the ‘Williams effect’ on tennis FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTPN/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams and Venus Williams have revolutionized the sport of tennis with their decades of dominance.The two African-American sisters from Compton, California, blew right past stereotypes of tennis as a “country-club sport” on their way to a combined 30 Grand Slams, and counting.In their wake, younger African-American female players like Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys have risen to the top of the sport, proving the theory that you can be what you can see.On the other side, the last male African-American player to win a Grand Slam was Arthur Ashe in the 1970s.Changing that statistic and making tennis more accessible to people from all backgrounds — whether they become Grand Slam champions or not — is the number one goal for Katrina Adams, chairman of the board and president of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).“From the USTA’s perspective, we want tennis to look like America,” said Adams, the first African-American, first former professional tennis player and youngest person to serve as president in the USTA’s 135-year history. “From my perspective, I want to see a lot more kids of color have the opportunity to have the same experiences as I did as a professional player and beyond that.”“There’s a lot of talent around the country,” she said. “We want to make sure that those kids have the opportunity and the pathways to have a chance to compete and be the best that they can be.”The ‘Williams effect’ on tennisThe USTA’s efforts are on full display as their signature event, the U.S. Open, is underway now in Flushing Meadows, New York.The leading American contender among the men is Frances Tiafoe, a 20-year-old who grew up in College Park, Maryland, and developed his game with the help of the USTA.For the women, the Williams sisters are both contenders for the title, as are Stephens and Keys. Stephens won last year’s U.S. Open, after beating Keys in the final and Venus Williams in the semifinal.Serena Williams missed last year’s Open after giving birth to her first daughter, Olympia. She is seeded 17th this year and cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win Monday in the first round.Another African-American female player, Taylor Townsend, an Atlanta native, scored a first-round victory Tuesday in the U.S. Open and is ranked No. 73 in the world.“Of course there has been a ‘Williams effect’ on girls playing tennis over the years,” Adams said. “They’ve been at this for 20 years and they’ve not only been at it, they’ve been winning and they’ve been the role models for these young girls.”“[Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys] grew up idolizing Venus and Serena, wanting to be like them, and here we are 15 years later where they’re playing as either a Grand Slam champion or in the finals of Grand Slams,” she added. “I think we have an opportunity now where Sloane and Madison are those faces for the next generation.”The new players blazing a path in tennisRobin Montgomery, 13, and Clervie Ngounoue, 12, are two African-American players in the USTA’s player development program who saw the success of Venus and Serena Williams and Stephens and Keys and are following in their footsteps.“I grew up watching all of them,” said Clervie, who now trains in Washington, D.C. “They were all an inspiration.”Clervie started playing tennis at age 3 after being introduced to the sport by her dad, a tennis coach in Bowie, Maryland.She calls it “motivating” to see more players of color in the sport of tennis. Through the USTA, she has had access to mentors like Zina Garrison and Jeri Ingram, two former professional tennis players who are also African-American.“When they used to play pro, there was no diversity in the game and they had to push through that,” Clervie said. “If it was just one race or one kind [playing tennis], I don’t think it would be as fun as it is right now.”She added, “I like that there’s a lot of diversity in tennis because I think it gives kids more confidence to be playing the game.”Robin, who trains in College Park, Maryland, was introduced to tennis at age 4 through a USTA program for kids at public tennis courts.She credits the USTA for discovering her talent and credits players like the Williams sisters for paving the way in what she sees as still not an incredibly diverse sport.“It’s definitely getting more diverse but I think it’s still kind of very obvious that tennis is an exclusive sport, for rich people you could say,” Robin said. “Definitely having figures like [Serena and Venus] has helped.”She now finds herself blazing her own path as the next generation of diversity in tennis.“My coach tells me they look up to me,” she said of younger players. “Seeing me play, I think, is inspiring them more to keep playing and doing what they can do.”How the USTA is reaching underserved areasFor the USTA and Adams, Robin and Clervie are the dream result of their efforts: Two players who may not have been exposed to tennis were given the chance to develop their skills and now are on the path to the professional ranks.“We know the importance of diversifying our sport to get the best talent that we can get into our sport,” Adams said. “I think if you go across America and watch these kids play, we know that they’re out there, it’s just how do we get them to the next level.”The USTA, under Adams’ leadership, is also just as sharply focused on giving all kids the opportunity to play tennis, whether they turn into Grand Slam champions, college athletes with full scholarships or just an adult who learned about life through tennis.“Tennis really is not about competing as much as it is about developing as an individual,” Adams said. “It teaches you life skills, how to build your confidence, your self-esteem, how to deal with adversity, how to manage your time, all the qualities you need to be successful in life.”“We’re trying to erase the stigma that it’s an elitist sport because it’s not. There was a time when it was, but now it’s not,” she added.Adams’ top initiative now is to reach people in the Hispanic community, a fast-growing demographic in the United States.The USTA has developed what they call diversity engagement guides to educate tennis coaches and USTA members on the need for inclusion and how to reach key audiences.The New York-based organization is also reaching kids in underserved areas through its new Net Generation program that works with schools to provide tennis equipment and training.The charitable arm of the USTA also runs the Junior Tennis and Learning Network, which has 350 nonprofit youth development organizations offering free and low-cost tennis options, according to an organization spokesperson.The USTA National Campus plays host each year to the national championships of both Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the American Tennis Association (ATA), the oldest African-American sports organization.“For me, it’s not just about African-Americans, it’s about the entire diverse culture that we support, from African-Americans to Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Latinos and the LGBT community,” said Adams, who got her start in tennis at age 6 in a summer clinic at a public park. “That’s what’s important for me, to make sure we continue to grow and engage these different cultures.”More to be doneWhile the USTA has felt the success of the “Williams effect” in drawing more minorities, particularly girls, to tennis, some would like to see even greater outreach at the local level.Clervie Ngounoue’s father, Aime Ngounoue, the tennis coach, said the USTA has “been a lot of help” to his daughter. He would still like to see more outreach for the kids he works with and those across the country.“The more we have kids involved in tennis, the more we’re going to have champions later on in life,” he said. “Not only champions but good kids going to college.”“We have a lot of clubs that are so far away from the National Tennis Center,” Ngounoue said. “If they can have the outreach come closer to coaches and the clubs rather than just waiting for the kids who are really, really good already, that can be very, very helpful for those that may be forgotten.”Adams, who has led the USTA since 2015, has pledged that under her leadership, no one will be shut out of tennis.“Being of color I know what the challenges are for many of these kids, particularly today,” she said. “Tennis is a sport for everyone.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 3/8/21

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEMinnesota 2, Vegas 0Edmonton 3, Ottawa 2Arizona 3, Colorado 2San Jose 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)Anaheim 6, Los Angeles 5 (OT)Vancouver 2, Montreal 1 (SO)TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLGonzaga 78, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 55Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img March 9, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/8/21last_img

Gallery: HMS Erebus in Clear View

first_img September 29, 2015 Gallery: HMS Erebus in Clear View Research & Development View post tag: americas Share this article View post tag: HMS Erebuscenter_img View post tag: HMS Terror View post tag: Parks Canada Back to overview,Home naval-today Gallery: HMS Erebus in Clear View As Mission Erebus and Terror 2015 comes to a close, Parks Canada has released never-before seen photos taken during the expedition.The images showcase the archaeological work at the wreck of HMS Erebus and present, for the first time, a full view of the wreck without the help of radar imagery.The Parks Canada-led search for HMS Terror completed two weeks of productive surveying, but the location of the ship still remains a mystery. Nonetheless, the mission resulted in tangible and timely improvements to marine safety, navigation, and search and rescue in Canada’s North.Parks Canada and its Mission partners have been working over the past weeks to investigate the HMS Erebus and continue the search for HMS Terror. Good weather conditions allowed Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team to take incredible images of their work.Related:Canadian Navy’s Ships on a Mission in the Arctic Canada Researches HMS Erebus Wreck[mappress mapid=”17032″]Images: Parks Canadalast_img read more

Barman slams college management

first_imgWadham barman Kevin Harris was fired from the college at the end of last term, prompting concerns about unfair dismissal from the college.Harris, once involved in the porn industry, is also known as Dutch, claims he was “harassed” by the Wadham steward and forced to leave the job after just one term.After receiving the message about being sacked he posted on his Facebook page, “To all my Kids at Wadham…I am no longer your Barman…you know who fired me today.”He later told Cherwell, “The Steward was very anti-student, anti-drinking. We didn’t see eye-to-eye, especially as I became very popular with students very quickly.”The Steward was contacted by Cherwell but refused to comment on the issue.A senior member of college staff said that Harris “did not fulfil his probationary period” and that “he just wasn’t right for the job”. They declined to comment further on the issue, describing it only as a confidential matter.Dutch admits that there was “a list of things that I was fired for” by the college. These include lack of communication, failure to wear the correct uniform, and sleeping on the premises.However, he denies these allegations and argues that he was unfairly dismissed by college management.“I was told that I wouldn’t work until 6pm, and not to come a minute before, because I wouldn’t be paid before then,” the barman said. “Then he [the Steward] would call me at 9.30, 10.30 in the morning. I had eight calls in one day, one time to actually ask where his pen was.” This was cited as a lack of communication, according to Harris.“I was also told I had to wear a uniform – a shirt and a tie – but there’s no heating in the bar, so I had to wear a jumper. That was given as another reason, a failure to wear correct uniform.”The barman also says he was accused of having alcohol on his breath, a charge he denies despite “a couple of shots with students in the first week”. Harris admits to sleeping on college premises one night at the back of the bar, but claims that he was moving between homes at the time, and needed to stay over. He later booked into a college guest room, but claims the Steward still defined this as “sleeping on the premises”.He alleges that we was not given proper training to perform the job. A Facebook group named ‘Save Dutch’ was formed in protest against the decision to sack the popular barman, a move Harris described as “wonderful…they’re a great bunch of kids.”Dutch previously worked in the LA adult entertainment industry, but came back to jobs in bars and breweries in England in the late 90s. Working on such films as ‘Bob’s Big Butts Extravaganza’, he said he preferred his time as an Oxford barman to his experiences in LA.“I got more of a kick out of working in Wadham bar than I did in porn,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you support the decision of the local FOP filing a “Legal Injunction” against the city concerning their Healthcare benefits?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

PREMIERE: Quinn Sullivan’s Blues-Rock “Something For Me” Music Video

first_imgGuitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan has been on a rocket ship to stardom since the day he first picked up a guitar at the age of 3. By age 6, he was featured on Ellen, and by age 8 he had been taken in as a protégé of blues elder statesman Buddy Guy. He’s been on a wild ride ever since, performing with legends like Eric Clapton and BB King, playing top festivals around the world, and being featured on virtually every major TV show including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, a recent segment on CBS Saturday Morning, and more.Now, at age 18, Quinn has just released his third studio album, Midnight Highway. On the heels of his album release, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere the brand new music video for his single “Something For Me”:Says Quinn of the tune, “Something For Me was one of the first songs we recorded for this new record. It starts with a swampy slide intro and takes you back in time for a few moments and then brings you right back to today with a modern interpretation of the Blues. We really stretch out musically on this one, paying tribute to some of my idols and their influence on the way I approach the guitar.”Quinn Sullivan’s new album Midnight Highway is out now via Mascot Label Group. You can purchase the album here. For information on upcoming shows and more, visit Quinn’s website.last_img read more

PA Announces First Probable West Nile Virus Infection Of Year

first_imgPixabay Stock ImageCOUDERSPORT —  Pennsylvania state health officials reported the first probable human case of West Nile Virus infection this year in a Potter County resident.Officials say samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. The departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly recommend that all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.“While we encourage Pennsylvanians to enjoy the outdoors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, we also want them to take proper precautions from mosquitoes while outside,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “With the first human case of West Nile Virus detected, we want people to protect themselves. Several simple steps can help protect yourself and loved ones from mosquito-related diseases.”Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day or night, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk. When outdoors, people can avoid mosquito bites by properly and consistently using DEET-containing insect repellants and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing. To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state. DEP has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in five counties.“The first human positive case of the year should be a reminder to all Pennsylvanians to use a personal insect repellent or stay indoors during dawn and dusk to help prevent exposure to the mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP monitors mosquito populations across Pennsylvania for the presence of disease.”The mosquitoes that transmit WNV breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. These areas can include urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots and other types of plastic containers.Simple steps to eliminate standing water around the home include:Remove tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object that could collect standing water. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.Do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish.Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and remove standing water from pool covers.Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with Bti products, which are sold at outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores.Bti is a natural product that kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.DEP will continue to survey affected communities to monitor mosquito activity and WNV. DEP biologists have initiated a survey of the mosquito population to determine the risk for further human illness. If necessary, adult mosquito populations will be reduced. These efforts will continue through October. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bryce Pinkham Sets Return Date for A Gentleman’s Guide on B’way

first_img A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Related Shows View Comments Bryce Pinkham Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 Bryce Pinkham did tell that “I’d be surprised if there was not more Monty Navarro in my future!” He will return to the role he originated in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder from July 28, replacing Jeff Kready at the Walter Kerr Theatre.Pinkham received a Tony nod for A Gentleman’s Guide. He departed the production earlier this year to star in The Heidi Chronicles opposite Elisabeth Moss; his other Great White Way credits include Ghost and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro, a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Jefferson Mays) who precede him in line for the title. In addition to Best Musical, the tuner garnered Tonys for bookwriter Robert L. Freedman, director Darko Tresnjak and costume designer Linda Cho.The current cast also includes Jefferson Mays as the D’Ysquith Family, Scarlett Strallen as Sibella, Catherine Walker as Phoebe D’Ysquith and Judy Blazer as Miss Shingle. Star Fileslast_img read more

How To: Finish Any Race

first_imgWhether you’re trying to finish your first 5K or slog through an ultramarathon, getting to the finish line can be a challenge. Mike Kuhn, owner of Power On Coaching and curator of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic in Pennsylvania, offered these key tips to achieving race goals:Pick a realistic goal. It’s great to reach for the stars, but that requires the proper training time. If you only have two months to train, run the half-marathon and work up to the full next season. Know your challenge. Make sure you research your upcoming race course. Ask former finishers about the tough spots, and give it a test run ahead of race day, if possible. Wear familiar gear and apparel. Race day is not the time to break in a new pair of shoes or try on a fresh pair of shorts. Unexpected blisters or chafing could end your race early. Avoid burnout with variety. Of course, the majority of training for a running race will be running or a bike race will be riding. But if you don’t want to hate your sport by race day, devote one day a week to some kind of different athletic activity or cross training. Don’t try to copy the pros. Remember that professional athletes get paid to train and structure their schedules around training. Don’t try to do a pro’s volume when you have all sorts of other demands on your daily schedule. Proper training requires rest and recovery.According to Kuhn, the biggest mistake people make during training is going too hard on days designated for light recovery workouts. “Then they wonder why they have no energy left for the tough workouts,” he says. “I see this kind of self-sabotage all the time. When you’re putting your body through a new challenge, you have to compensate with proper rest.”last_img read more