Tennis legend Martina Navratilova expressed her disapproval of the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) transgender inclusion policy, arguing that it is unfair to biological female athletes. Her response came in reaction to a post discussing the impact of the policy on women’s tennis.
Concerns Over Transgender Athlete Inclusion
Kim Shasby Jones, the founder of Independent Council on Women’s Sports (ICONS), raised concerns about the lack of fair play in women’s sports due to the inclusion of transgender athletes. According to Jones, this has led to male athletes participating in women’s tournaments and taking away opportunities from female athletes.
Navratilova echoed these concerns, stating that women’s tennis should not be open to male athletes, regardless of their age. She called for a review of the policy and questioned whether self-identification should be sufficient for participation in women’s tennis events.
Transgender Inclusion Policy Details
The USTA has a transgender inclusion policy for male-to-female transitions. Transgender female athletes can compete in the female category under certain conditions, including declaring their gender identity as female and undergoing hormonal therapy to minimize any gender-related advantages in competitions.
Navratilova has been an adamant supporter of keeping transgender women out of women’s sports, believing that it is essential to ensure fairness for biological female athletes.