Sep 042013

729caroline-620x349Caroline Wozniacki  has been a World  Number One tennis champion and a favorite daughter of her home country, Denmark.She is the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top ranking position and 20th overall.

Born on July 11, 1990, this twenty-three year old right-hander has a career record, (as of Sept. 2013) of 369-145 and has banked over fifteen million U.S. dollars.  According to Forbes, she was the second highest-earning female athlete in the world.

She is impressive on the court standing 1.77 m (5ft 91/2”) and she likes to entertain the crowds.  During an exhibition match in Sao Paola, Brazil, Caroline imitated her friend, Serena Williams, by stuffing towels down the front of her tennis top and at the back of her shirt.  This was instantly recognized by the crowd as a mimic of Serena Williams’ body.  The crowd whistled and clapped their approval.  She played imitating Serena’s grunt which again brought laughter and applause from the crowd.

The video and pictures went viral and the response was mixed.

In the newspaper, USA Today,” Serena responded with an email that stated she saw no “ill-will” in Wozniacki’s impersonation.“I know Caro and I would call her my friend,” Serena wrote,”And I don’t think she (meant) anything racist by it.”  Serena did add that Wozniacki may want to reconsider repeating the stunt if others took offense.”

Was it just fun on Caroline’s part, or is she responsible for mocking a person’s body shape and image publicly and, thereby, a form of stereotyping that can lead to discrimination?  It seems that on the tennis circuit, players often imitate one another as another form of sport!  You be the judge.

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