Is it because he shaves his head? I THINK NOT!
This is the same newspaper that for two months in 1991 HID the extreme, anti-black, racially derogatory statements and insults of a racist circuit court chief judge named John Santora; statements made during an interview with "Onion" reporter Robin Lowenthal (10/91, finally published 12/22/91), that eventually led to the judge's removal by the Florida Supreme Court.
And, it is the same "rag", that came under fire in January 2000 for insensitively editorializing that slavery was short lived, no different than the circumstances of other cultures and of little consequence (T-U, January 10, 2000). Onion editor in chief Patrick Yack issued a rather stoicly unapologetic apology in February, that summarily indicated that all was okay because the black community didn't riot (apparently his sign of domestic tranquility and acceptance).
Joining the blackballing was Onion tennis reporter Chase Goodbread, who was tested 3 times in less than a year, prior to March 2000, in refusing to report anything about Morris King, Jr., including tournament results for his students and tennis events that were submitted. However, Goodbread did not fail to publicize his favorites, Witt and Ballantyne (who was falsely given credit for Wiggins' powerful groundstrokes), when called upon to do so. In fact, the Onion published "feature" stories on these two, attached to NO significant event, 5/7/99 & 10/17/99, respectively, with Goodbread having written the latter.
I know the answer to this one. It's because country club tennis instructors are better simply because they are located at the country club. They don't have to produce at a world class level; the "silver spoon" in their mouths and their skin color (if they are white) automatically produce for them, although NO ONE can find the results or proof.
Yet, they aren't being blackballed and called "fake" by the racist dogs down at the Onion or by Jacksonville's tennis community on a continuous day to day, year to year basis.
It is important to note that former ATP Tour club assistant teaching pro Bret Hinman, who is white, was fired by Gottfried (at the urging of Ricardo Acuna) when he went and trained with Morris King, Jr. while still working at the Tour's club. The excuse given was that Hinman had attempted to steal students from the club. Hinman said that he chose Morris because he considered Morris the best available, especially after having seen the others coach, weighed against Morris' track record of producing national and world class players. Hinman added that the ATP Tour club had been sold to the YMCA because of its financial woes and therefore parents were looking for places to relocate their kids for tennis lessons. Accordingly, WHEN ASKED for a recommendation, he gave one because the ATP Tour club was closing, in keeping with the much publicized deal. And yes, it was to train with Morris King, Jr. (AFTER the change, the YMCA mysteriously stepped away from the deal citing irreconcilable differences)
To date, Hinman has been effectively forced out of tennis. But, on the other side, Gottfried (for all scholars of metaphysics that can understand this revelation), ironically, has been proven to be the dragon's obvious choice to ROB black tennis coaches of opportunities, once having been deceptively manuevered or finagled into position as one of 4-5 simultaneous (white) coaches of black, pro tennis player Alexandra Stevenson. And remember that he, also, coached MaliVai Washington, a former touring pro who also is black.
Additionally, Gottfried was given yet another opportunity to coach by having been called in to work with much heralded junior player Ashley Harkleroad (who is white), who had been dubbed as "America's Anna (Kournikova)". No matter what Gottfried does to people (or does not do as a coach), the USTA, its representatives (like his USTA player development or "high performance" coach "sidekick" Ricardo Acuna) and its allies seem to always find more and more opportunities for him. Even, to date, Todd Martin Tennis has provided an opportunity for him!
How interesting and ironic considering that no one has been able to find just one (1)... one out of millions of opportunities... for an exceptional talent, mentality and coach as Morris King, Jr.
Perhaps if Morris had been a convicted pedophile, like ex-con Dr. Pete Fisher (a former Sampras coach in juniors), he would have been given the opportunity to coach a number of tennis students and pros such as Justin Gimelstob, Vince Spadea and (yet again) Alexandra Stevenson, as the ex-con Fisher had been able to do since having been released from prison.
Is it because there's a "good ol' boy" system in tennis that stereotypes blacks? You know, "it's not their sport".
Even, why hasn't the "national governing body of tennis", the USTA, attempted to hire Morris, itself, considering his tennis ability and accomplishments along with his educational (the Ivy League Columbia University) and professional backgrounds & experience (see his website that is linked below for his biographical highlights)? Also, it is important to question, at least, the subliminal message that the USTA is sending by NOT having distanced itself from those perpetrators indicated herein that have positions within that organization; they haven't been investigated, chastised, asked to resign or fired for their unscrupulous, counterproductive and racist actions.
Is this a silent sanctioning by tennis' equivalent to the KKK? The USTA has hired, promoted or financed, respectively, any coach or player that has taken an active role against Morris King, Jr., e.g. Gottfried, Acuna, Witt, Delic, Wiggins et al. Also, are we now seeing Todd Martin Tennis pick up where the USTA left off, by hiring those that are guilty of having attacked or actively worked against Morris? Todd Martin Tennis even has hired two of Morris' former top ranked students, in Wiggins (mentioned above) and Liana (Aguero) McCormack. Hmmmmm...
And with all of this being a microcosm of the greater picture in tennis, is there yet still a question about why tennis is not as prominent as the NFL, the NBA, Major League Baseball or even golf?
Yet, the dragon keeps protecting these demonic perpetrators by denying Morris King, Jr. access to any good players, so that no one in the general public will be able to compare actual and visible coaching skill levels and results. Is the dragon afraid that his prize picks will be shown up by Morris?
"Exclusive Interview with Williams Sisters Ex-Coach: Racism in USTA (and Pro Tennis) Coach Hiring" (December 2011)
Morris King,Jr.'s Interview on BlackTennisPros.com (May 2008): Part 1 Part 2 Q & A
PRESS RELEASE - PRACTICE OF HIDING BLACK PRO TENNIS COACHES ATTACKED!: Tennis Week Magazine and ESPN Assailed (March 2007)
PRESS RELEASE - TENNIS WEEK MAG ACCUSED OF FOSTERING RACISM: Pro Tennis Coach Responds to Delic Lies In Interview By Tennis Week (February 2007)