Boris Becker at the center of Wimbledon sexism row after calling Márton Fucsovics’ fiancée “very pretty”
Becker replied: “They say they have the most beautiful women in Hungary. I wouldn’t know, but she is certainly very pretty. Inverdale then added, “I want to thank my 1978 Christmas cookie for this joke.”
The BBC declined to criticize the comments when contacted by the Daily Telegraph. “Boris Becker made a light comment which was not intended to offend,” a statement read.
However, Women in Sport and Perception Agency, a marketing campaign group working with various sports, had agreed that the comments were inappropriate for the afternoon’s coverage.
“The Women in Sport charity has worked for decades to change sports culture, including ending the objectification of women,” said Ms. Hilborne. the Daily Telegraph. “When two men are comfortable talking about women in this way, regardless of live TV, it shows that there is still more to be done. We need everyone to understand how this is having an impact. about women and girls, how that makes them feel. Shouldn’t we be inspiring the next generation of girls to play sports rather than talking about what women look like? “
Flo Williams, a Welsh international rugby player who founded the Perception Agency, added: “It’s a locker room cat rather than a comment cat. This immediately shows that comments about women in sport can be about how they look, whether they are playing or not.
The incident marks the second day in a row the BBC has defended its team of commentators after John McEnroe was criticized for questioning Emma Raducanu’s mentality following her exit from the Last 16.
“It seems that it has become a bit too much, understandably, in particular [with] what we’ve been talking about the past six weeks with Naomi Osaka not even here, ”McEnroe said on BBC coverage.
In addition to once criticizing Bartoli’s appearance on the air, Inverdale also alarmed in 2016 by comparing Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios to a “character from the jungle book”.
Twice-married Becker became Wimbledon champion at 17, but is also famous for his girlfriends, celebrity lifestyle, child in love and a decision to go bankrupt. “I have lived a pretty intense life,” he said in an interview in 2017. “Do I go to the border, sometimes beyond the border? Of course. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have won Wimbledon at 17. I would not have become world No. 1. I wouldn’t have done what I did if it wasn’t part of my personality. And that means I take risks. I take risks because that’s who I am.