Martina Navratilova shares concern over the participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports discipline. She made this statement after the win of transgender athletes Alicia Rowley in the USTA women’s national championship.
The American queen of tennis shared her opinion on her social media. She got more motivation to have this case surfaced because of a post done by ICONS. ICONS, the Independent Council On Women’s Sports published a post citing the achievements of the transgender player’s 55+ Grass Court National Championship wins and National Indoor Singles and Doubles winning streak.
Furthermore, she continued,
“The women are calling us and begging for help to be allowed to play fairly. They have complained; they don’t know where else to turn.“
The co-founder of ICONS added that men are winning national titles. They are taking the place of the women players on the team Tennis. She says there is a serious urgency of giving a fair match for every player in the sport. They deserve to play fairly with equally compatible counterparts.
She continued, “They do not have to reach any kind of elite status. There is already a category for male athletes to enjoy this privilege. Let female athletes enjoy the game of tennis too.”
Moreover, she added, “She is also addressing the government bodies”. They should change their stance on how it’s going. Please don’t mix any discipline with a separate gender playing into it.
Martina Navratilova shares concern on the subject
Tennis legend and 16 times Grand Slam Winner Martina continued the subject and said, “Come on @USTA – women’s tennis is not for failed male athletes- whatever age.”
She states that this is an unfair practice and questions if this should be carried forward going into the US Open. To which she herself answers, “I don’t think so…”
USTA also stated that we don’t need any confirmation of gender status. They added we don’t want to hinder any type of recreational participation.
Although, the players who changed the gender of their own will are free and fully eligible to participate in the Women’s tournaments. However, they should declare that their gender identity is female, which should be permanent for four years.