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‘This Isn’t a Human Rights Issue’- Andre Agassi Broke His Silence After Roaring Serena Williams Bias Debate in 2018

Published 10/12/2022, 4:56 PM EDT

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Serena Williams is one of the most admired players in the tennis realm. Over the years, she has been the subject of many heated debates, which range from her performances on the court to her off-court involvements. In 2018, Andre Agassi spoke up about the issue of Williams being allowed to keep her protected ranking.

While defending Serena, he solely focused on the issue surrounding Williams being a seeded player and how it had no influence on her performance in the tournament.


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Andre Agassi stood beside Serena Williams on the 2018 ranking issue

In 2018, Williams made a comeback to the WTA tour at Wimbledon after being on a break following her pregnancy. However, when she made a comeback, her place at the tournament and her entry to the tournament were protected. Along with that, her rank and placement in the tour were also protected, and this started a debate. This was because according to the rules, after maternity leave, rankings did not have any security.

The American tennis legend did not comment on the moral grounds of the issue and stated his views solely on Williams. He said, “I can’t speak for Serena but I can speak for being a champion on some level, and this isn’t a human rights issue, there should be a right.” He further added one thing on her behalf, “She’s here to win.” Agassi saw that this will not assure her victory at the tournament. He said, “What she’s seeded is not going to determine her winning this event.


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Though he acknowledged that getting an easier draw might be a plus point but that was it. He said, “Will you get an easier draw? Maybe one or two rounds, but I got news for ya.”

How did Williams perform at the 2018 Wimbledon?

The legendary American player performed astoundingly and reached the final. However, she lost to Angelique Kerber in the summit clash. Before she took her long break from the tour due to pregnancy, the 23-time Grand Slam champion ousted her sister, Venus Williams, at the 2017 Australian Open to win her final Grand Slam title.


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At this year’s US Open, she retired in glory after playing three rounds. It is the same major in which she won her first Grand Slam title in 1999. Now Serena is focused on enjoying her retirement life with her loved ones.



Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

Edited By: Tony Thomas