You’ve gotta be a looker to win women’s tennis….


So Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli aint a looker…. according to BBC presenter John Inverdale.

These are his pearls of wisdom

Inverdale told listeners: “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little: ‘You’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight’? 

And the BBC apologised for Inverdale’s sexism.

I wonder if Inverdale will be making the same comments about, for example, Andy Murray today. Something like, “Do you think Murray’s dad told him when he was little that you’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be Rafael Nadal”….

Somehow, methinks, not!

Yet Inverdale thinks it’s acceptable to reduce and objectify a skilled and competent champion like Bartoli to her looks. But then this isn’t the first the BBC has exposed its institutional sexism…. Back in 2009…

Women tennis players who were considered “lookers”… got first dibs on centre court regardless of skill, ranking and so on. Interesting, back in 2009, they relegated no. 2 seed (as she was back then) Serena Williams to Court No. 2… Mixture of racism and sexism going on there. Apparently, getting on Centre Court (in 2009) it was about being a “Brit or Babe”….


It’s all about ratings, gratification and titillation. Nothing about skill or expertise. The BBC and All England Club behave like they are stuck in the 1950s….

Coz it seems to be about pretty white women.

I like tennis, one sport where I am a bit of an aficionado. Have watched it religiously since a kid and even played the sport as well. When I watch a game, I am interested in the skill, strategy, expertise and the overall joy of the game. I don’t give a damn what they look like.
Again will Inverdale mention the looks of Murray or Djokovic? Fat chance! ‘Cos it is all about skill, expertise and strategy. Looks don’t come into it.

Sexist double-standards?

You bet!!


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One thought on “You’ve gotta be a looker to win women’s tennis….

  1. I didn’t hear Inverdale expound his words of wisdom but I did hear something about it on the radio. My reactions and thoughts were the same as yours. How the hell can someone in such a position and paid such a wage come out with such crap? We seem to have a whole generation of girls dealing with society’s objectification and sexualisation and the last thing they need to hear is such denigrating drivel.

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