23- time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has been a proud advocate for women’s rights both on and off the tennis court. Recently, The former world number one was talking to actress Natalie Portman as part of the launch of a new American professional women’s soccer team.
Williams and Natalie Portman are both part owners of the newly founded National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team ‘Angel City FC’, and an Instagram live was held mainly to promote the team.
Williams said she was used to asking for parity in representation between both sexes when asked about the fight for equality in sports and also within her own sport of women’s tennis.
Serena’s take on equality within women’s tennis
“That’s something we have to fight for still in tennis,” Serena said while addressing the same topic.
“I’ll look at the schedule and there’s four men’s matches and then two women’s matches and then I feel bad, because I’m always one of those women. I literally have said just put me on the second court, so we can have other players have an opportunity on centre court.” She added. She further added.
She then mentioned that deserving players need to be scheduled to play on Centre Court more often, as they wait for their whole lives to get this opportunity.
“Obviously that doesn’t go well in the timings, and they’re like, ‘No, no, no. You need be on centre court,’ and I’m like, ‘These other women need a chance and they deserve it, they’ve been working literally their whole lives to have this opportunity.'”
Williams also told Portman that she saw little progress when she returned to previous events.
“Every year I come back to the same tournaments and I come back with the same arguments. They expect me, so when are we going to make those changes?” She concluded.