Forget 135 years of tradition. Let’s pander to politically correct identity nonsense where there is zero need for it. What is it with the faux outrage mob that leads the England Lawn Tennis Club (ELTC) to feel pressured to “move with the times”? Whose times exactly? Does the ELTC honestly believe people might be triggered by the use of “Mrs” or “Miss” when they win a game, set or match? Even Hawkeye would roll its eyes at this clear “out.”
Tell you what, why not ask each individual tennis player what their preferred pronoun is and have the umpire address them accordingly. Here is betting that none of the players will request a change to basic biology and marital status.
To be honest if the height of oppression for the LGBTQI+ community extends to the umpires calling a game at Wimbledon, one suspects we are beyond the threshold of grievance that will change anything on margin.
If the ELTC wishes to push the “equality” ticket, perhaps they should dispense with the tournament being split by gender? Why stop at pronouns? No point being half “woke”
Will the ELTC lead the way to allow those men who identify as women to go head-to-head with Williams, Barty or Osaka? Why not? If they know they’ll never beat Rafa, Federer or Djokovic why not seek equality elsewhere by cheating a system the championship convener will end up encouraging to “move with the times.”
Time the fans asked the ELTC for “new balls please“.