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Renée Richards ...
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During the 1970's, Dr. Richard Raskin was a respected surgeon and a nationally ranked professional tennis player. A Yale graduate, Raskin was married to a Ford model and with whom he had recently had a son. In 1976, Raskin underwent permanent, life-altering surgery. Dr. Raskin was no longer - enter Dr. Renee Richards. The Life and Times of Dr. Renee Richards is a documentary that highlights the issues of the modern transgender life with Dr. Richards at the center. Since her time in the tennis spotlight, she has been a hero, villain, roll model and all around controversial figure. With more than 30 hours shot the documentary is a work in progress. Tennis greats are coming out to talk about Dr. Richards and what she meant to the game, including Martina Navratilova, Jimmy Connors. Footage includes US Open tennis coverage, family members including Renee's son, sister and former wife. Written by Anonymous

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The only thing she couldn't change was her desire to compete.

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Another Fascinating 30-30 Story
8 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This turned out to be a lot more interesting that I might have thought. I remembered the "Renee Richards" controversy back in the '70s but hadn't heard anything in years and have a neutral opinion about the whole episode, frankly. What I'm referring to is a man, an excellent amateur tennis player, who had a sex-change operation and then, one day, decided to play professional tennis as a woman.

"He" was Richard Raskind, a ranking national junior tennis player from New York City who also served in the Navy and became a noted eye surgeon/opthomologist. To make a long-story-short, Richards led an back-and-forth existence as a man who really wanted to be a woman. When he did finally change to a "she," newly-named "Renee Richards" was content to be live a whole new life anonymously out in California. That changed once she entered, and won, a tennis tourney.

The whole story is fascinating. Seeing Dr. Richards' appearance today, and then back in the '70s and then as a younger man is just astonishing. You can't believe it's the same person.

Like a lot of 30-for-30 specials, it's just an interesting human story.


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