Saturday, 18 October 2014

Russian boss fined for Williams jibe.

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 (£15,500) for referring to Serena and Venus Williams as "the Williams brothers" on a TV chat show.
Tarpischev also received a one-year ban from involvement in the women's tour.
Women's Tennis Association (WTA) chief executive Stacy Allaster said the comments were "insulting, demeaning and have absolutely no place in our sport".
But Tarpischev claimed it was a "joke" with no "malicious intent".
He added in a statement: "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."
Tarpischev added the Williams sisters are "outstanding athletes" who "personify strength and perseverance".
World number one Serena, 33, has won 18 Grand Slams, while 34-year-old Venus has won seven.

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