Back Injury Keeps Venus Williams from Wimbledon

It’s always hard to watch a hero fall, especially when that fall is precipitated by an injury rather than an element in their control. Venus Williams, older sister of Serena Williams, was once ranked number one in the world in women’s tennis but has now fallen to number thirty four as a result of her debilitating back injury.

Venus’s back injury isn’t the only health obstacle the athlete faces. She has publicly shared her battle with an autoimmune disease known as Sjogren’s syndrome. This condition, which is more prevalent in women, causes the body’s natural immune cells to turn on and attack the glands that are responsible for creating saliva and tears. This condition has negative effects on an individual’s energy level and can cause a number of health related complications.


Rather than letting autoimmune disease take her out of the game, Venus has fought hard to overcome the significant obstacles it presents. She feels that every win she earns on the court is not only a personal victory, but a victory for everyone who struggles to conquer an illness. If you want to place a bet on her now, you will see that the odds have tumbled due to the improvement in her health she has seen.

But now Venus has the added burden of her debilitating back pain to deal with, which she says is due to inflammation. The injury forced her and her sister Serena to pull out of the recent doubles competition in Paris. And after playing at Wimbledon for sixteen years in a row (beginning in 1997) and winning an impressive five titles there, Venus pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament this year because of her injury.  She says that her back inflammation is especially deleterious to her playing because the pain makes it impossible for her to serve forcefully, which severely limits her abilities on the court. But with Venus’s fighting spirit, she’ll no doubt battle her way back onto the court soon.

June 25, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

The Jason Collins Story

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A Major League basketball player for the Boston Celtics has publicly come out as a gay man in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated; after calling off his wedding to his girlfriend. Though many people have welcomed the move of the trailblazer, who is the first active pro athlete to publicly come out among the top four sports leagues, there are many who have slammed his decision. It was always an outside bet that he was going to reveal his sexual preference, and now he has the mixed reactions are widespread.

President Barrack Obama has welcomed the move, calling it “Just one more step in this ongoing recognition that we treat everybody fairly… and we judge people on the basis of their character and their performance, not their sexual orientation.”

It is a well known fact that the President is an avid basketball fan. So it is no surprise that the he has come out in support of Collins. The First Lady also tweeted her support for the basketball player.

Some others, like the ESPN reporter who covers NBA, Chris Broussard called it a “walking in open rebellion to God, and to Jesus Christ.” Broussard called himself a ‘Christian’, and called homosexuality a ‘sin’. This prompted the network to come out in support of the basketball player, claiming that ‘ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement’. The sports network also went on to ‘regret’ the ‘distractions’ which result when on-air-talents express and discuss their personal view points.

Jason Collins’ news has received warm support from most fans, proving that slowly but surely we are moving towards an inclusive society where everyone enjoys equal rights, and not just on paper, but in practice as well.