Tornado Black


An operation would solve the issue, but Black said she cannot afford to pay for it. The money she earns from giving tennis lessons is not enough because she is also helping to support her mother and sister, Hurricane Tyra Black, a 16-year-old ranked No. 55 in the juniors.

“I make the bare amount,” Black said last month between lessons. “It’s tough supporting my sister traveling. I’m trying to save money for the hip surgery, trying to help pay the rent. Sometimes it can get really overwhelming for me. I’m only 19.”

Black, who began playing tennis when she was 3, said she prefers to be called Alicia, her original name. Her mother, Gayal Black, has acknowledged that she named her daughters after storms as a marketing gimmick for their presumed stardom… More at NYT.

Amazingly sad article.

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