US tennis coach Brad Gilbert took to social media to share his disgust at the news of the mass shootings at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia. It was the second reported mass shooting in the state in the past nine days.
Gilbert, who has coached Grand Slam champions Andy Roddick and Andy Murray, labeled the whole situation “insane” and said the United States of America should learn from these incidents and ban guns.
“Insanity how often this happens, when will our country ever do anything to ban guns as simply as possible,” Gilbert wrote.
His comments were supported by former US tennis player James Blake, who said common sense has not won the battle.
“So sad that common sense doesn’t seem to be winning this battle. Tradition and a law written to include muskets has taken precedence over common sense and saving lives. Many lives,” said Blake.
Brad Gilbert agreed with Blake, replying that common sense can still prevail if both sides agree to work together.
“Right on muskets, common sense can still prevail if two sides actually work together to push for this to happen, great, coaching is hugely needed to make this a reality,” he said.
“Serena Williams is definitely the GOAT” – Brad Gilbert
Brad Gilbert recently called tennis legend Serena Williams the GOAT for him on the women’s side. The former world number 4 revealed that Williams’ record in Grand Slams and four gold medals put her above the rest.
“Serena is definitely the GOAT; 39 slams and 4 gold medals, the 14-0 in the doubles final [is] beyond amazing,” he said.
Furthermore, he included Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova in his top five in the GOAT debate.
“Graf was really incredible 1988 golden slam year where I put her #2 Martina #3 #4 Chris E #5 Court for the top 5 open era all time,” he added.
Williams finished her professional career at the 2022 US Open with 23 Grand Slams in singles, one ahead of Steffi Graf’s 22 and one behind Court’s 24.
Navratilova and Evert both won 18 Majors in singles, while Navratilova increased her tally in doubles and mixed doubles, bringing her total to 59 Majors in the Open era.