Sarah Gronert: A Tennis player battling gender controversy
Sarah Gronert, a 22 year old professional tennis player from Germany finds herself under scrutiny from her opponents and their coaches. They believe that Sarah Gronert’s unique gender issue should make her ineligible to compete for the woman’s tour.
The German tennis player is battling controversies and issues related to her biology. Gronert was born with male and female genitalia but after she has undergone surgery, Gronert is now medically certified as a she. Amidst that change, she’s still undergoing criticism and is struggling to be accepted.
“There is no girl who can hit serves like that, not even Venus Williams,” said Schlomo Tzoref, the coach of Julia Glushko, who Gronert recently beat on her way to winning the Raanana tournament in Israel in early March.
“When I heard her story, I was in shock. I don’t know if it’s fair that she can compete or not. She does have an advantage, but if this is what the WTA have decided, they probably know best. If she begins to play continuously, within six months she will be within the Top 50.”
“This can not be. This is not a woman, it’s a man. She does not have the power of a woman and no woman has such a technique,” Tzoref said. “She serves like a man. It’s very strange.”
3 years ago these kinds of issues almost caused her, ranked No. 619 in the world, to abandon her career.