Gay tennis doubles
|Not pictured: reality|
The U.S. Tennis Association will sanction same-gender couples' doubles tournaments for the first time, starting at the Plaza Racquet Club in Palm Springs, California, on March 7-8.
The USTA announced Wednesday that it will schedule same-gender adult competitions throughout 2015, with a goal of having national championship events next year.
In its news release, the USTA quoted International Tennis Hall of Fame member Billie Jean King as calling the introduction of these events "a great and important step forward for tennis."
King adds: "The makeup of families in our world is changing and I'm thrilled to see that tennis also is recognizing that change, and making it easier for same-gender couples to compete and have fun together on the tennis court."
|"Alternative lifestyle", and never mind the children|
And now there is even less reason to watch doubles. What, exactly, is the point of setting up doubles tournaments specifically for same-sex couples? To prove that lesbian couples can totally compete on a level playing field with regular, non-scissoring doubles teams? To show to all the world, once and for all, that sodomites can hit balls on the court as well as off it?
Seriously, can someone explain to me the purpose and value of doing this, rather than simply adopting the tried-and-true "don't ask, don't tell" policy about the sexuality and pair-bonding status of a men's or women's doubles team? Near as I can tell, this is simply about looking "stylish". It doesn't have a single damn thing to do with the actual sport.
|Shhh... genius at work|
Enough already. Let the sport and its players speak for itself. Neither one needs the least bit of help from GLAAD, Bille Jean King, or any other member of the Pinkshirts.