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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

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Françoise Abanda says she doesn’t get the same recognition as fellow Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard because “ I will never get the same treatment because I am black . Canadian Francoise Abanda says she 's experienced racism in tennis. But the 21-year-old from Montreal said

Canadian Francoise Abanda tweets she ’ll never be treated the same as lower-ranked Eugenie Bouchard “ because I am Black .” Responding to a Twitter user who questioned the discrepancy in attention , Abanda posted on her verified account: “ I will never get the same treatment because I am


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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