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SportWimbledon Finally Drops 'Miss' And 'Mrs' Titles For Female Tennis Players

17:36  02 july  2019
17:36  02 july  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Female tennis players at Wimbledon will no longer be addressed as ‘ Miss ’ or ’ Mrs by umpires during matches – as the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club says it has to “move with the times”. The prefix is being dropped to bring things into line with the way male players are addressed by match

The Wimbledon tournament is scrapping the traditional use of ' Miss ' and ' Mrs ' at the end of games to bring parity with the men's game. Marital status prefixes for female players have largely been scrapped by tournament organisers to bring parity with the men's game.

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Female tennis players at Wimbledon will no longer be addressed as ‘Miss’ or ’Mrs by umpires during matches – as the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club says it has to “move with the times”.

The prefix is being dropped to bring things into line with the way male players are addressed by match officials.

So when a woman wins a game, set or match, the umpire will now simply say: “Game, Williams”, rather than “Game, Mrs Williams” (‘Ms’ has never been used).

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Female players at Wimbledon will no longer be referred to as " Miss " or " Mrs " by umpires in a win for gender equality – men and women will now be The move will means that female players will now only be addressed by their last name when they win matches rather than also being referred to as

In 2009, they removed the titles ' Miss ' and ' Mrs ' from the tournament's scoreboards, as the male title was never used. Two years earlier, the competition introduced equal Williams is set to play her first 2019 Wimbledon match tomorrow afternoon on Centre Court against Italy’s Guilia Gatto-Monticone.

The All England Club says it wants to “achieve consistency” between the sexes.

Wimbledon Finally Drops 'Miss' And 'Mrs' Titles For Female Tennis Players© Getty (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images) Serena Williams brought the issue into the spotlight in 2018 when she married Alexis Ohanian and (despite Williams keeping her maiden name) was henceforth referred to by a married prefix. Alexandra Willis, from the All England Club made the announcement on Monday.

She said: “Some of the traditions — white clothing, playing on grass — they are our greatest strengths and the things that we do.

Others absolutely have to move with the times. You have to respect the wishes of the players. I suppose the challenge for us is: how much you rewrite history?”

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British tennis player Betty Nuthall plays at Wimbledon in 1930 on the left. Serena Williams plays at the tournament in 2019 on the right. Getty/Getty. Wimbledon is changing the way chair umpires refer to female players during games. In the past, the titles of Miss ., Mrs ., and Ms. were used at all times.

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Novak Djokovic, although supporting the news, was surprised at the change.

Wimbledon Finally Drops 'Miss' And 'Mrs' Titles For Female Tennis Players© ASSOCIATED PRESS “I thought that tradition was very unique and very special. I thought it was nice,” he say. “It’s definitely not easy to alter or change any traditions here that have been present for many years. It’s quite surprising that they’ve done that.”

The prefixes for both sexes will still be used for code violations, medical announcements and player challenges, as this is the rule set down by the International Tennis Federation for all tours.

Wimbledon Finally Drops 'Miss' And 'Mrs' Titles For Female Tennis Players© Getty (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) And the champion’s boards inside the clubhouse and public areas will also display the female player’s marital status, though men are addressed by initials.

The French Open used to address women during matches as either “Madame” or “Mademoiselle” but also dropped its use of marital status this year.

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