ATP Stuttgart, Germany. By Steve Tignor. Over three harrowing months, the crumbling metropolis had been rocked by terrorizing riots, a chaotic blackout and the frantic search for a serial killer. Nationals under the name Richard Raskind. These tree-lined lanes were where young Richard had grown up, where he had learned to play tennis—and where he discovered as a child that he had a second, female self inside him, fighting to get out.
She's a Transgender Pioneer, But Renée Richards Prefers to Stay Out of the Spotlight
Five trans athletes we knew before Caitlyn Jenner
Skip to content. In her first major public appearance since coming out as transgender, Caitlyn Jenner used her acceptance speech for the ESPY's Arthur Ashe Courage Award to talk about her life as an athlete and a transgendered woman. But many transgender athletes have been making waves long before Jenner. Here's a look at five others who've broken down cultural barriers over the years. Renee Richards was a tennis player who underwent sex reassignment surgery in She also coached Martina Navratilova to two Wimbledon victories.
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Former tennis player Renee Richards, who was Richard Raskind until , ponders sex changes and sport. This interview was first published in The Age on March 6, Tim Lane: Do you take an interest in the ongoing debate about transgender females contesting women's sporting events?
Renee Richards made history when she walked out on to the centre court of the Forest Hills stadium to play in the US Open. She was the first transgender woman to play in a professional tennis tournament. Born Richard Raskind, tennis was a huge part of her life from an early age. She was captain of the men's tennis team at Yale University and later, while serving in the Navy as a medic, won the All Navy Tennis Championship.