Sports Françoise Abanda says she gets less attention than Eugenie Bouchard ‘because I am Black’

06:16  17 may  2018
06:16  17 may  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Canadian tennis player Francoise Abanda blames racism for low profile

  Canadian tennis player Francoise Abanda blames racism for low profile Canadian tennis Francoise Abanda says she doesn't get the same recognition as compatriot Genie Bouchard because she is black. Responding to a Twitter user who questions the discrepancy in attention, Abanda posted Wednesday morning: "I will never get the same treatment because I am black. It's the truth!" Abanda posted on her verified account.Abanda is currently the highest-ranked women's tennis player in Canada at No. 128. Bouchard, a former No. 5 from Westmount, Que., has seen a steep decline in her career since reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014 and is currently ranked 169th.

Shortly before her 12th birthday, she joined her sister, as well as future Junior Wimbledon champions Filip Peliwo and Eugenie Bouchard . “ I expected a really competitive match,” Williams said afterwards, “ because I ’ve seen Françoise play.” Watching at home, Abanda ’s family couldn’t believe

Françoise Abanda was a pleasant surprise, and Genie Bouchard a disappointment as the She pushed back, and Bouchard allowed herself to get pushed around. She knows little other than being aggressive, and her brain is fighting the notion that her entire life, it has worked for her .


Françoise Abanda says she doesn’t get the same recognition as fellow Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard because she is Black.

Abanda posted the comment in response to a Twitter user who asked why the 21-year-old from Montreal doesn’t get the same attention as Bouchard, her teammate on Canada’s Fed Cup squad.

“I will never get the same treatment because I am black. It’s the truth!” Abanda posted on her verified account.

Françoise Abanda sparked a debate about race and sports with her tweet. © Thomas Samson Françoise Abanda sparked a debate about race and sports with her tweet.

Abanda is currently the highest-ranked women’s tennis player in Canada at No. 128.

Bouchard, a former No. 5 from Westmount, Que., has seen a steep decline in her career since reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014 and is currently ranked 133rd.

Bouchard, however, has remained in the public eye thanks to endorsements and modelling sessions.

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