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Is Wimbledon Losing Relevance?

As it is written… Wednesday is Mailbag Day…

Some thoughts on Serena Williams and her contributions to tennis/sports/culture.



This is a completely impressionistic response, but as someone now of a certain age I can't recall such little media coverage of men's Wimbledon perhaps since 1973 and the ATP player boycott (when Kodes ultimately beat Metreveli, who was from the U.S.S.R. but perhaps Georgian, if I recall), and then as now the attention was mostly on who wasn't there.

I’m not sure, as P.T. Barnum was, that bad publicity is better than none, and so I wouldn't necessarily trade with golf's coverage this week, but honestly there needs to be a reckoning with how far media interest in tennis—at least in the U.