Billie Jean King On "Grunting"; Centre Court Comeliness

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Billie Jean King has weighed in on two tennis controversies, saying that she doesn't consider "grunting" a form of cheating and that at Wimbledon, "appearances on Centre Court should be based on accomplishments not looks." [NYTimes]

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Part of what bothers me is the suggestion that the Williams sisters aren't attractive. I know that's not supposed to be a tennis-playing goal or anything, but I happen to think they're gorgeous, and have to wonder if the determination that they are not has to do with the fact that they are black.