Renee Richards: ESPN Films Probes Story of Sex-Switching Tennis Player

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Renee Richards: ESPN Films Probes Story of Sex-Switching Tennis Player

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 1976 U.S. Open because of a supposed women-born-women policy.

She didn't take no for an answer and continued to fight for a spot in the tournament. Her unrelenting desire to be accepted, understood and appreciated began to pay dividends in 1977, when the New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor, permitting her to play in the 1977 U.S. Open.

It was the battle with herself, her family and friends and her daily struggles that gives this story a unique flavor.

Here is the story of Renee Richards, a transgender tennis player who beat the odds.

Enjoy.

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