Woman Athlete Says|Men Are Sore Losers

     RALEIGH, N.C. (CN) – A woman who beat all the men in a city-sponsored tennis tournament says the City of Raleigh caved in to the men’s complaints and changed a rule so the men won’t have to face her again.




     Nancy Griffin says she was ranked higher than all the other women in the competition, so the city let her play against the men. She says that after she won the 2006 tournament against the men, the city killed a rule that allowed her to compete in the men’s “tennis ladder” competition.
     Griffin say she played against the men from 1999 through 2003, when the city barred her from challenging the men. She petitioned the city in the summer of 2003 and it decided to let her play again. Then, she says, the men started refusing to play her.
     The city responded with an “avoidance rule” that cost the men points for refusing to play any opponent.
     After Griffin won the spring 2006 tournament, she says, the Parks and Recreation Department surveyed the men and killed the avoidance rule. That effectively bars her from the event because the men can boycott her, she says.
     She wants the city enjoined from barring her from playing against men, alleging constitutional violations.
     Griffin is represented by Cathy Fulghum in Wake County Superior Court.

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