Updated: September 16, 2015


Gary Norris Gray-BASN Staff Reporter 


OAKLAND, CA.- The tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams are super heroes and they are The Huntress and The Goddess. They are the grand ladies of the tennis courts and America will miss them when they retire.

The American Tennis world should be knocking on Richard Williams door. He has produced not one champion but two and he did it the hard way. Mr. Williams would say many times“STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON”. After a Williams sister victory.

The American Tennis Federation has not produced a consistent winner since Venus and Serena walked on the tennis courts 15 years ago, The Last American not named Williams to win a major was Jennifer Capriati in 2002 and that was the Australian Open. Capriati has since retired.


Tennis professional talking heads are now asking where will the next American champion come from. The hard hitting young Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens names keep popping up. Keys played well in this year’s U.S. Open but Serena Williams elevated her game into another gear which was no match for Madison Keys. Serena did the same with Big Sister Venus in the third set to move into the quarterfinals. Stephens has beaten Serena but still needs that signature victory, a Grand Slam.

The American tennis world should be calling Mr. Richard Williams asking him how he produced these two athletic women. My colleague Michael Louis Ingram of BASN and Soul Tree Radio in the Raw refers to the William sisters as “The Huntress and The Goddess”.

Williams removed both of his daughters from the famous Florida Tennis Academy and taught these young women himself. He taught them that there will be times when it will get tough and seem unfair. He taught them to persevere through these difficult times and concentrate on tennis. He taught them to be mentally tough and it has worked. The Williams family also told these two tennis stars that tennis is not everything and to expand their world. The Williams sisters have done that too, getting involved with the clothing industry and partial ownership of the Miami Dolphins.

The line judge-from Japan Shino Tsurubuchi missed a foot fault call at the U.S. Open and the younger Williams exploded.The American Tennis organization disciplined Serena for her outburst in 2009.  The Tennis world tried to intimidate the Williams sisters. IT DID NOT WORK. Just ask Martina Hingis. Then they tried to demoralize them overseas with Russian officals calling them Mr. Williams. The Tennis world tried to break Venus and Serena by placing them in difficult brackets. IT DID NOT WORK…

The William sisters have won the Wimbledon Tournament, the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the Australian Open and they have won the Doubles Championship five times in multiple events. They have created their own slam called the Williams Slam and Serena has done this twice.


 Serena Williams knocked on the doorstep of tennis history as she competed in the U.S. Open Labor Day Week. This was for her 22nd Grand Slam and a Calendar Grand Slam which has not been done since 1988 by Steffi Graf. Ms Williams has defeated Maria Sharapova 17 times in a row. Yet Ms. Williams still does not have the respect of a true champion. Ms. Sharapova has twice the endorsements that Ms. Williams has eventhou Williams has doubled Sharapova’s number of championships.

Mr. Richard Williams received respect from the American Sports media because they recognize winners. The American Tennis Federation is missing the boat and a chance to improve tennis in the United States. The question should be asked is it because Mr. Williams is African American? Former New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards stated many times YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME.

It is obvious the American Tennis Federation do not want to win.The ATF will not make it a priority and American tennis suffers.

Richard Williams, father of US tennis stars Serena

Witness what happened to the American Team in The 2010 Federation Cup. The Americans did not take a Williams sister and the United States did not win a match. In 2012 team captain Mary Joe Fernandez finally wised up and carried the two sisters, moved into the quarterfinals.

On the men’s side the arrogance of American captain John McEnroe is showing as there are no Americans in the top ten and its been that way for ten years. John Isner is currently ranked 13th, again the question should be asked why John McEnroe has not pulled the ear of Richard Williams

The Williams legacy will be written how good they really were when these two fine athletes retire .


Alicia Keys

Everywhere I’m turning

Nothing seems complete

I stand up and I’m searching
For the better part of me
I hang my head from sorrow
state of humanity
I wear it on my shoulders
Gotta find the strength in me
Cause I am a Superwoman
Yes I am
Yes she is
Even when I’m a mess
I still put on a vest
With an S on my chest
Oh yes
I’m a Superwoman 
For all the mothers fighting
For better days to come
And all my women,
all my women sitting here trying
To come home before the sun
And all my sisters
Coming together
Say yes I will
Yes I can Cause I am a Superwoman
Yes I am
Yes she is
Even when I’m a mess
I still put on a vest
With an S on my chest
Oh yes
I’m a Superwoman
When I’m breaking down
And I can’t be found
And I start to get weak
Cause no one knows
Me underneath these clothes
But I can fly
We can fly,
Oh Cause I am a Superwoman
Yes I am
Yes she is
Even when I’m a mess
I still put on a vest
With an S on my chest
Oh yes
I’m a Superwoman


Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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