American tennis player Sachia Vickery says she hopes tennis players would be brave and take a knee before matches to support the Black Lives Matter movement, just like Colin Kaepernick did in the NFL in 2016.
Sachia Vickery on tennis players supporting the Black Lives Matter movement
The 25 year old Vickery hopes that tennis players would take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on the court when the tennis circuit resumes, just like Colin Kaepernick did before San Francisco 49ers games in 2016 to draw attention to the issues of racial discrimination.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Sachia Vickery, a former Top 100 player , says, "I was actually surprised because not a lot of tennis players talk about these issues or have posted things [on social] or have supported these kind of things, so I was actually really happy to see that.
It's a really tough time in our country and there's a lot of injustice. I definitely think a lot needs to change but I think the higher-ranked players need to continue using their platforms to expose these kinds of things and shed light to them.
I think it's been really successful getting people to understand these movements. Honestly, I'm not sure. But me personally, I'd like to see it. If somebody did do it, it would be very brave and it would really make a bold statement.
I'm not sure whether it will happen or not but I think it will be something that will be very good if it does." Several tennis players have come out in support of the movement and made comments on social media. These include Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Naomi Osaka and Frances Tiafoe.
They also urged other players to come out and take a stronger stand on the issue. Some of tennis' biggest stars joined were part of a video created by Tiafoe, including Vickery, who said she was proud to be part of the video.
Sachia Vickery first entered the top 100 in 2018 and eventually reached a career-high of No. 73 in the world in the WTA rankings. Her best results on the WTA Tour came at the 2018 Auckland Open and the 2018 Monterrey Open, where she reached the semifinals.
Vickery, a former USTA junior national champion, has also won three singles and two doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.