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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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Wimbledon umpires are ending the use of courtesy titles ' Miss ' and ' Mrs ' for female players at this year's tournament. Women will no longer be identified by their marital status during match scoring in a change to tradition at the All England Club. Umpires will not use the titles when announcing an end of

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.

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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 to be referred to as “ Miss ” or “ Mrs ” by umpires announcing the score as the tournament said it had to “move with the times”. Men have not been referred to as “Mr” at the tournament by umpires announcing the score but until this year women’s

WIMBLEDON umpires have been banned from calling women players “ Miss ” or “ Mrs ” — and must use their last names only. But they can say “Ms” if there is a penalty But the England Lawn Tennis Club, which runs the championships, thinks women should not be referred to by their marital status any more.

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?”

The move was not a result of requests from players, the club noted.

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WIMBLEDON , England (AP) — Wimbledon has tinkered with its traditional naming titles for this year’s tournament. Spectators at the All England Club and those watching at home will still hear the chair umpire refer to female players as Miss , Mrs . or Ms

Wimbledon umpires are no longer using women's marital status at the end of each game and match Prefixes will continue to be used for code violations, medical announcements and player challenges Prefixes do not appear on the scoreboard. A spokeswoman for the International Tennis Federation

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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Umpires at Wimbledon are no longer referring to female players as “ Miss ” or “ Mrs ” as the tournament said that it had to move with the times. While male players have not been referred to as “Mr”, women’s names have always reflected their marital status, even if they have kept their own name.

Gone missing . New for Wimbledon 2019! A progressive honorifics policy. In a move that brings the tournament in line with mid-20th century norms, umpires will no longer declaim the marital status of female players at the end of each game. According to the All England club “ Miss ” and “ Mrs ” have

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