Charlie Comero, a trans man living in Charlotte, North Carolina, thought of a creative response to the recent passing of the H2 Bill — personalized business cards to hand out in the women’s restroom, which he is now forced to use.(x)
Novak at his press conference after his quarter final win over Tomas Berdych
Novak on his next opponent Gael Monfils: “Gael is — he’s playing great tennis at
the moment. He won Washington. He’s been playing more or less every day
for last couple of weeks. Played a lot of matches. So, you know, he’s
feeling confident on the court. He made a lot of good wins. I think he saved some match points in
finals of last week, faced a lot of break points in the last round, as
well, and managed to come out in the tough moments as a better player,
which is a characteristic of a champion and of somebody that knows how
to cope with the pressure in deciding moments. So he’s been around for many years. I
know Gaël for a long time, even before professional tennis. We haven’t
played each other in a while. I’m going to look forward to that. I think
couple years ago in Toronto we did play our first match here. It was
7-6 in the third set. So let’s see what happens tomorrow. […]
Well, he seems more focused, committed.
That’s good to see, because he really does have a great athletic
potential and he’s got a talent. He’s got an all-around game. He was top 10 of the world, so he has
the experience. He has that confidence. You know, he’s got everything he
needs in order to be on top of the game, you know, and to compete at a
high level. It’s just that, you know, his oscillations are quite — they
are occurring a lot in the last couple of years, but I think now he’s
finding his groove. He’s finding his right, let’s say — he’s assembling
the right team of people around him, and it’s good to see him back
playing at such a high level.”
Five students from University Prep Science & Math Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan competed: Jaidyn Hamilton and twin sister Jada; Lauren Bradford; Sa’Nya Burton; and Gisele Motley. Charisse Wood was also on the team. She is a fifth grader who played at another level.
All six girls are active in the Detroit City Chess Club, which is composed of elementary, middle and high school chess teams.
It wasn’t the first time the chess club has competed in the event, but head coach Kevin Fite said placing first “was a significant win.”
“We’ve won a lot of other national tournaments, but we’ve never won this one. … We were considerably the underdog in that section,” Fite added.
Congratulations to these wonderfully talented young ladies! #Love it!