Serena Williams Criticizes Russian Tennis Official For “Racist” And “Sexist” Remarks
Serena Williams is slamming Russian Tennis Federation president, Shamil Tarpischev for making some hurtful and inappropriate comments about her and sister, Venus.
During a recent television show, Shamil referred to the tennis sisters as “the Williams brothers.” Serena criticized the International Olympic Committee member during the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore, telling reporters “I think the WTA did a great job of taking initiative and immediately taking action to his comments.”
The 33-year-old continued, “I thought his comments were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.”
She added, “I have done the best that I could do and that’s all I can say. I just wasn’t very happy with his comments and I think a lot of people weren’t happy as well. But the WTA and the USTA [U.S. Tennis Association], they did a wonderful job of making sure that, in this day of age, 2014 for someone with his power, it’s really unacceptable to make such, insensitive bullying remarks.”
Tarpischev, whose comments led to a one-year ban by the World Tennis Association, apologized in a statement that read:
“I didn’t want to offend any athlete with my words. I regret that this joke has garnered so much attention. I don’t think this incident deserves so much fuss.”