Serena Williams is hitting back at the head of the Russian Tennis Federation for referring to her and sister, Venus, as “brothers.” She said his comments were sexist, racist and bullying. She also supports the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official, who has been identified as Shamil Tarpischev.
Tarpischev was also fined $25,000. He made the comments during an appearance on a Russian talk show earlier this month, with former Olympic singles champion Elena Dementieva. Tampa Bay Online reports, when Dementieva was asked what it was like to play against the sisters, Tarpischev interjected, calling the women “brothers” and saying, “it’s scary when you really look at them.”
Serena Williams said, “I think the WTA did a great job of taking (the) initiative and taking immediate action to his comments. I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.”
Tarpischev later said his comments were taken out of context. Um, how do you take calling two sisters brothers being taken out of context?