Last week, Russian Tennis Federation President, Shamil Tarpischev called Venus and Serena Williams “the Willams brothers,” and and it was highly inappropriate.
While appearing on a late-night show, Tarpischev’s made the disparaging remarks while adding “It’s frightening when you look at them.”
In response, Serena talked to BBC Sports.
The Women’s Tennis Association wasn’t having it either. According to ESPN:
“The statements made by Shamil Tarpischev on Russian television with respect to two of the greatest athletes in the history of women’s tennis are insulting, demeaning and have absolutely no place in our sport,” WTA Tour chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster said in a statement.
“Mr. Tarpischev’s statements questioning their genders tarnish our great game and two of our champions,” the statement continued. “His derogatory remarks deserve to be condemned and he will be sanctioned.”
He was fined $25,000 and suspended from the Women’s Tennis Association Tour for one year.