At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Was a ‘Game Changer’

In 1998, when Serena Williams made her singles debut at the U.S. Open, it was typical to see a crowd of many white faces watching many white players.

In the years since, she has done more than any other person to transform those tournament grounds in Queens into a more inclusive environment, where increasing numbers of women and girls of color, some of whom have gone on to play and win in the event, join in the fun each year.

While emerging as the face of tennis, Williams, along with her older sister Venus, changed the faces of tennis.

“It’s a great feeling to see it,” said Martin Blackman, the general manager

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