John McEnroe: I think that dress has distracted [Venus]. Dick Enberg: It's distracting you. McEnroe: That's a fair point. Enberg: It sounds like it might be a distraction to her opponent. McEnroe: Well, she's tugging at it. She's uncomfortable with it.So revealing was Williams' outfit at this past weekend's match, that reporters spent much of the post-game press conference asking about the dress. "This outfit was supposed to be about New York," said Williams. "It's like bursts of fireworks." Again, the outfit took precedence over her game. I'm in no position to say what a successful self-made Black woman (and role model) can and cannot wear, but I'd like to point out that while Venus has every right to wear what she wants, the world we live in isn't so accepting when women take risks on the court. Take, for example, the fact that players like Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick are famous for tugging at their genitals during matches, but you'd never hear of CBS counting how many times they did -- as they did with Venus this past Sunday. So while conforming to tennis fashion standard isn't necessarily the answer, maybe it's fair to ask Venus to look for inspiration somewhere else. Can she look for design inspiration in Michelle Obama, instead of a Victoria's Secret catalogue? And by the way, Williams was playing Israel's Shahar Peer, whom she defeated.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 | 09:58 AM