Why Serena Williams is not being referred as ‘Ms Williams’ at Wimbledon any more

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 | 0

When Serena Williams took on Viktoriya Tomova in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, there was one thing (apart from her game, of course) that caught the attention.

“Game, Mrs. Williams,” said the chair umpire, every time the 23-time Grand Slam champion won a game.

Yes, Wimbledon has the tradition of addressing married women as ‘Mrs.’ and not ‘Ms.’ It comes with a catch though. The prefixes are used only on female players, with their male counterparts being addressed directly by their name.

So, don’t be surprised to hear “Game, Federer” and not “Game, Mr. Federer,” the next time the Swiss ace takes the court.

And even as Serena’s elder sister Venus finds the tradition ‘cool’, the former was keen to know why it doesn’t apply to the men.

“I actually never knew they had that. It will be interesting to know why it’s not for both sexes,” said Serena, who won 6-1 6-4 to set up a third-round match with Kristina Mladenovic of France.

Federer, though, was dismissive of the topic when asked about it. “For me, I’m happy if they say whatever they say, as long as it is ‘game’ and my name somewhere, and not ‘game’ and the other name. That makes sense, right?”

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