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Raleigh woman sues to play tennis against city's best

Posted August 11, 2009 12:37 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh woman is seeking a jury trial and $10,000 in damages in a sexual discrimination claim against the City of Raleigh and its recreational “tennis ladder.”

Nancy Griffin claims that the city’s rules allow men to refuse to play against her, limiting her opportunity for competition. Griffin, who was one of the top-ranked female tennis players in the state in the mid-90s, alleges that the lack of competition has caused her mental and emotional distress.

According to the suit, Griffin, 41, has been battling the ladder’s rules for years. She played against the men from 1999 through 2003, but had to petition to do so in 2004. So many men refused her challenges that season, the suit says, that the city added a rule to dock their points. In 2006, the city lifted the “avoidance rule,” the suit says, and male players again avoided playing against Griffin.