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Old May 26th 2019, 12:59 PM
Abishai100 Abishai100 is offline
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The elegant sport of tennis is a reminder of why humanity cares about the 'ergonomics' of professional international athletic competition.

After Munich 1972 and 9/11, the world became 'on edge' about what comprised safety zones in public traffic areas where civilian life thrived!

That's perhaps why professional international sports (e.g., Olympics) continues to be symbolic of a global human interest in peace and security during the meeting of peoples of differing cultures/ethnicities.

Therefore, within the 'dominion' of international sports, considerations about ethics and customs becomes crucial for the evaluation of the 'diplomatic arm' of competitive activity(!).

That's why we might consider why the gender ramifications in professional tennis illuminate the contours of modern-day international customs. After all, gender is a 'branch' of diplomacy-analysis and informs our perspectives on human relations, which is why sometimes female politicians (e.g., Indira Gandhi, Hillary Clinton) are referenced in modern social discussions about the contours of civilization etiquette.

Take for example two iconic professional tennis championship games, the Final of the 1988 US Open women's singles tournament, played between Steffi Graf (Germany) and Gabriela Sabatini (Argentina); and the Final of the 1991 Wimbledon men's singles tennis tournament, played between Boris Becker (Germany) and Michael Stich (Germany).

In the women's championship, Sabatini managed to take one set on the the seemingly indomitable Graf. This was the first-ever(!) set Graf dropped to an opponent in a Grand Slam final/championship, and despite Sabatini's eventual defeat, many sports-writers claimed the game was a marvel for women's sports in the modern-era, since two talents showcased brilliant grit.

In the men's championship, powerhouse Becker was stunned by an efficient, self-controlled, and aspiring Stich. Becker lost in straight sets, but each set was tight, with the 2nd one coming down to a nail-biting tiebreaker(!). Sports-writers hailed this championship game as a special testament to the magic and splendor of Wimbledon, and fans agreed that it was a toast to the timeless elegance of tennis, even in the modern-era when players exhibited more 'power' than 'beauty.'

We might therefore examine why the symbolic/iconic 1988 US Open women's championship and the 1991 Wimbledon men's championship game revealed terrific spotlights on the 'dichotomy' in professional international tennis between men and women(!). After all, Graf/Sabatini reminded us why women's sports can be very dramatic, and Becker/Stich reminded us why men's sports can be very gripping.

Tennis fans, players, and critics/writers would explore perhaps why an imaginative comparison of Graf/Sabatini and Becker/Stich reveals why and how professional international sports (in the media spotlight) is a thing of special 'gender diarism.'

{hypothetical dialogue}

BECKER: Our Wimbledon championship was awesome!
STICH: Everyone will remember how we toasted athletic excellence.

GRAF: I can't believe you took one set from me, Gabriela!
SABATINI: it was the first set you lost in a championship.

BECKER: Many considered you my most 'swift' opponent!
STICH: Maybe that's because we're both German...

GRAF: I wonder if our 1988 championship will be canonized.
SABATINI: It will by those interested in gender-diaries!

BECKER: Wimbledon will canonize our rivalry...
STICH: Germans will toast the 'marvel' of sports-matchups.

GRAF: Our championship was a 'gender-corsage.'
SABATINI: International tennis was ornamented by our rivalry!


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