| By Steven Kaplan

It seems that tennis, like football and basketball, is making news off the court because of insensitive and ignorant jerks.

This latest incident has Russian tennis chief and International Olympic Committee member Samil Tarpischev calling Venus and Serena Williams "The Williams Brothers" and "Scary to look at."

He has been universally condemned for these racist and sexist comments by the WTA, USTA, IOC and just about everyone else.

Incredibly, he doesn't understand the outcry against his bullying by saying, "I regret that this joke has garnered so much attention," and "I don't think this incident deserves so much fuss."

Apparently Tarpischev has been living under a rock by not understanding that the media and sports cultures are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore when it comes to women being abused by powerful men. 

Moreover, where has he been the last 40 years or so, as women in sports and society have embraced fitness
and the athletic Williams Sisters are a paradigm of both beauty and femininity.

Steven Kaplan

Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.