Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the US Open. An old friend was in town and asked me to tag along. How could I say no? Because I have no experience playing tennis
unless we’re counting the lessons I took in high school gym class it was awesome that they are not only a tennis fan, but an avid player themselves. Any questions I had were answered clearly and concisely, so I was able to not only understand, but enjoy, what I was watching.
Speaking of watching, I witnessed the first major upset of the tournament when 17-year old American, Victoria Duval, beat a former champion, 29-year old Australian Samantha Stosur.
Duval is Haitian-American, dominating in an area that has so little Black representation. She had a team of her family and friends in the corner of the court going wild. Seeing that open display of celebration was awesome. It reminded me of the Gabby Douglass Olympic victory just last year and of Venus and Serena Williams’ tennis domination that is continuing, albeit slowing down. I can see Duval being the next rising star in this game, walking down the path that Althea Gibson, the Williams sisters, and others have trailblazed for her. It’s inspiring.