The United States Tennis Association began that year requiring genetic screening for female players. She challenged that policy, and the New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor, a landmark case in transgender rights. Richards attended Horace Mann School and excelled as the wide receiver for the football team, the pitcher for the baseball team, and on the tennis and swim teams.
At an anarchic U. Open, the transsexual tennis player made a pioneering point. Over three harrowing months, the crumbling metropolis had been rocked by terrorizing riots, a chaotic blackout and the frantic search for a serial killer.
Former tennis player Renee Richards, who was Richard Raskind untilponders 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?
Show All Days. Renee Richards to thank for instituting this. Renee Richards was known as Dr. Richard Raskind, an amateur tennis player who in ranked third in the East and 13th nationally in the men's and-over division.
Her struggle with sexual identity created sexual confusion, depression, and suicidal tendencies. Richards married model Barbara Mole in Juneand together they had a son Nicholas in They were divorced in
Talking with her three decades later, one still has the uneasy sense, at times, of that impatient male surgeon trapped in her body trying to break out. Not that Dr. Richards, 72 and still practicing, is ever anything but polite.
It's a story of perseverance, of a shy, yet determined tennis player who refused to say no to a cynical and skeptical society. In a world full of refusal revolving around a straight-laced way of life, Renee Richards fought the odds and provided her fans and supporters with hope and inspiration. A transgender athlete, Richards—formerly known as Richard Raskin—was barred from playing in the U.
Please refresh the page and retry. P ioneer, trailblazer, history-maker. Now 84, she can reflect on three separate careers: as a leading eye surgeon, as a human rights campaigner and as the first transgender woman to play professional sport. These days Richards lives a quiet life in Putnam County, an hour north of New York City, still seeing patients three days a week and playing golf regularly.
In Richards underwent male-to-female sex reassignment surgery. She was then denied entry into the US Open by the United States Tennis Association, which began that year requiring genetic screening for female players. She disputed this policy, and the New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor in in a decision in favor of transsexual rights.