SINGAPORE: World number one Serena Williams lashed out at “sexist” and racist” comments from the head of Russian tennis Sunday after he jokingly called her and her sister Venus the “Williams brothers”.
Williams applauded swift action from the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), which fined Russian federation chief Shamil Tarpischev $25,000 and banned him from tennis for a year.
“His comments, I thought, were very insensitive, I thought they were extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time, and I thought they were in a way bullying. I just wasn’t very happy with his comments and I think a lot of people are unhappy as well,” Williams said.
Tarpischev, a vastly experienced coach and administrator, has apologized for the comment.