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Serena Williams hits back at Russian official, says calling sisters ‘Williams brothers’ was sexist, racist

20 Oct
Serena Williams hits back at Russian official, says calling sisters ‘Williams brothers’ was sexist, racist

National Post | Sports

SINGAPORE – Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as “brothers” were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official.

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MOSCOW – Russian Tennis Federation head Shamil Tarpischev was unrepentant about the comments he made about the Williams sisters, saying Saturday they were only meant as jokes and that he doesn’t understand why he was banned for a year by the WTA Tour.

Tarpischev was fined $25,000 and suspended from tour involvement for a year after referring to Serena and Venus Williams as “brothers” on a Russian TV show and called them “scary” to look at.

Asked whether he regretted his comments, Tarpischev told The Associated Press at the Kremlin Cup that…

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