Martina Navratilova criticizes the USTA’s attitude towards trans players

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Martina Navratilova slams the US Tennis Federation for its stance on transgender athletes competing in women’s tournaments.

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Trans tennis star Alicia Rowley has become the youngest player to take home the “coveted” USTA Golden Ball after winning the women’s national tennis championship.

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According to a tweet from the Independent Council on Women’s Sports, Rowley also recently won the Women’s Over-55 National Turf Championship and the National Indoor Championships in singles and doubles.

“Today women start or return to sport after raising their children to let their successes be stolen by men who call themselves women,” she wrote in a second tweet.

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“Female athletes of all ages deserve fair competition.”

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The USTAs Transgender Inclusion Policy states that trans athletes should be included and not excluded from the practice of the sport.

“It must be ensured as far as possible that transgender athletes are not excluded from the opportunity to participate in sporting competitions.”

ICONS co-founder Kim Shasby Jones tagged Navratilova and Chris Evert in a tweet, claiming the USTA’s transgender policy needs an overhaul because “women’s tennis is being made a laughingstock of because of these horrible policies that prioritize men’s mental health and identity over women.” will.” who have discovered the love for tennis.”


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She added that women had “complained” that men had “won national titles, replaced women in team tennis and competed in women’s tournaments across the country.”

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Jones tweeted, “There is already a category where male athletes can enjoy that privilege. Let athletes enjoy tennis too.”

Navratilova, who has long campaigned for trans athletes to be banned from participating in women’s sports, was enthusiastic and called on the USTA to change its policy.

“C’mon @USTA – women’s tennis is not for failed male athletes – any age,” Navratilova tweeted.

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“It’s not right and it’s not fair. Would this be allowed at the US Open this month? Only with self-identification? I don’t believe …”

Jones also called on tennis legend Billie Jean King to “change her status” and “stop abandoning these women and this sport.”

Last December, King expressed her support for trans athletes, saying, “Trans youth deserve to play and thrive” after Connecticut upheld its trans inclusive athletics policy.

At the time, Navratilova replied: “I couldn’t disagree more, inclusion at the expense of exclusion is not inclusion.”

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“Nobody bans trans people from competing – they just have to compete in the biological category, not the self-identification category.

“Either there are three categories in a day, or two categories: one open to all and one only to biological women. But they can compete now.”

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