Surely, if you’re a tennis fan, you’ve heard about it by now; former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, in a recent exhibition match versus Maria Sharapova as part of the Gillette Federer Tour, decided to impersonate her friend and fellow WTA tour member Serena Williams by putting towels in her dress to imitate Serena’s body shape, sparking countless different reactions and some even accusing Wozniacki of racism against African-American women.
However, Wozniacki, at only 22 years of age, can be excused for a lack of understanding about the sensitivity of this issue. I’d like to believe that she wasn’t intending to be racist, and considered Wozniacki and Williams are supposedly close friends, I doubt that’s the case. Perhaps Caroline was trying to poke fun at her friend, and just took it a little too far, that’s all.
However, this isn’t the first time she’s done this. Last year, during another exhibition, Wozniacki did the same thing, although there was no backlash that time.
It’s a bit unfortunate that in today’s world of sports, young athletes have to be held accountable for everything they say and do, including Wozniacki. Her rapid decline in the rankings, status with boyfriend and professional golfer Rory McIlroy, and the rest of her personal spotlight has been put under the microscope.
It still is inexcusable to do this and not apologize, so my advice to her would be to just apologize, say it was a mistake that was meant to be a joke, and the whole thing will blow over, in my opinion.