American Taylor Townsend says she regularly thinks of herself as other black players.
24-year-old woman shared experiences in Tennis United video while discussing protests against racism after the death of George Floyd.
“Everyone sees a black person and they assume it is Venus or Serena (Williams) or Sloane (Stephens),” said world number 73 Townsend.
“I literally put them all on the list, except me. ”
She added, “I’ve had people arguing with me that I’m Coco Gauff. I’m not Coco Gauff but we all look the same, we are all built the same way. ”
There have been numerous protests in the United States since Floyd, an unarmed black man, died last month after being trapped by a white police officer.
Gauff, 16, one of the rising stars of tennis, gave a moving speech at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, saying that she “demands change now.”
American compatriot Frances Tiafoe, world number 81 male, posted an Instagram video also starring Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Gauff.
In the video, Tiafoe and his girlfriend Ayan Broomfield put down their snowshoes and raised their hands to “raise awareness of the unjust death of many African-Americans”.
Townsend said: “Even in the aspect of, you cross and no one stops you, and I walk and someone has to check my bag, check my credentials, check my coach’s bag, check the information of identification of my trainer.
“This is extra security, extra precautions that have to be taken to make sure I belong.
“It is our reality. It happens all the time – week after week, every tournament I play in the United States, abroad, it doesn’t matter.
“It will not change. Hopefully, this (Black Lives Matter protests) just creates a safe space and an awareness for people to want to talk about. ”
“Do not be uncomfortable, do not cringe. So that you can be open-minded, understand and really open your eyes, get out of it and try to put yourself in someone else’s place. “