Chris Evert remembers Rene Richards match to discuss transgender athletes

Chris Evert believes that “science and medicine” should consider whether transgender athletes are allowed to compete in women’s sports.

Evert appeared on an ESPN conference call to promote the network’s exclusive coverage of Wimbledon, with the 18-time main winner being a color commentator.

The Post asked Everett about a The last tweet you sent About the rivalry against Renee Richards, a transgender athlete, and her general beliefs about transgender athletes in women’s sports.

“She competed with Renee Richards when she was 43 and was not in great shape, she admitted, and [struggled to beat her] – and she ranked #1 in the world,” Evert said on the call.

contenders They played each other six times between 1978 and 1980with Evert winning every match.

“Wings. heart size. The volume of the lungs. the speed. Rapid twitching of muscles. testosterone; “There is everything that points to the fact that men are faster, stronger, etc. than women – especially after puberty,” Everett said.

Chris Evert remembered playing Renee Richards, a transgender athlete, at the 1979 US Open.
Chris Evert remembered playing Renee Richards, a transgender athlete, at the 1979 US Open.
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“For Renee Richards, who I really admire, to come out and say, ‘Now, I think it would be wrong for me to compete,’…she said, ‘Because if I were 25, I’d knock everyone off the court.'” “These are the quotes she said. That’s not telling them.”

In 2019, Richards Tell Sports Illustrated She would have won Wimbledon had she competed in her twenties.

“It’s just about the physical body. It has nothing to do with anything other than the physicality of the body. I support transgender people very, very much,” Evert said. “But, at some point, you have to look at science and medicine, and look at that statistic, rather than From “Wouldn’t it be a good idea to include transgender people in women’s sports?”

Renee Richards at the 1979 US Open.
Renee Richards at the 1979 US Open.
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Trans women’s sports have been a hot issue for years, but especially since last November when Leah Thomas competed as a male swimmer in Pennsylvania before transitioning to a female and Initiating NCAA Records Assignment.

Last week, FINA, the governing body for international swimming, Transgender swimmers banned from competing with women Unless they move before they turn 12 and puberty begins.

In response to the news earlier this week, US women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe called it “cruel” and “disgusting” to stop trans women from playing feminine sports.

“Show me the evidence that transgender women take the scholarships for everyone, dominate every sport, and win every title,” Rapinoe said in an interview with Time. “I’m sorry, that doesn’t happen. So we have to start from the imputation period. As things unfold, I have confidence that we can find out. But we can’t start the other way around. This is cruel. And frankly, this is disgusting.”

Chris Evert at Wimbledon 2021.
Chris Evert at Wimbledon 2021.

“So, we really need to step back a bit and understand what we’re really talking about here because people’s lives are at stake. Children’s lives are at risk with suicide rates, depression rates, negative mental health, and substance abuse. We’re putting everything through ‘God forbid a trans person can He succeeds in sports. “Get to know reality and take a step back.”

Martina Navratilova, herself an 18-time major singles champion, took the opposite position.

“I totally disagree with Megan on this,” Navratilova chirp. “Fairness should come above inclusion—especially after puberty—between 10-11 years…Before that, let kids be kids and just enjoy slings because it’s safe. After puberty, biology must come first.”