Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has once again made the headlines for the wrong reasons. While, the topic on alleged ‘sexism’ remains a matter of conjecture, the tennis legend has been pulled up again for his comments.
The whole saga started during the quarterfinal match-up between Marton Fucsovics and World No.1 Novak Djokovic on the Centre Court. As the television camera zoomed towards Marton Fucsovics’ fiancée Anett Böszörményi, BBC commentator John Inverdale was heard saying that “If you’re a tennis player, it’s always good to have a partner called Anett.”
In a response to Inverdale’s comment, Becker instantly remarked, “They do say they have the most beautiful women in Hungary. I wouldn’t know that, but she’s certainly very pretty.”
Unfortunately, Becker’s comments didn’t go down well with a group of feminists from the United Kingdom (UK). The group of Women in Sport and Perception Agency blasted the 53-year-old’s comments and also released a statement,
“The charity Women in Sport has worked for decades to change sporting culture including to end the objectification of women,” an agency representative told the news outlet. “When two men are comfortable talking about women in this way, never mind on live TV, it shows there is still more to do. We need everyone to understand how this impacts on women and girls, how it makes them feel. Shouldn’t we be inspiring the next generation of girls to play sport rather than talking about what women look like?”
Fans express displeasure at Becker’s comments
Before the matter got out of hands, the BBC issued a clarification statement by defending Becker. “Boris Becker made a light-hearted comment that was not intended to cause offense.”
However, some fans were not too bemused by the six-time Grand Slam champion’s comments. “I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me why Inverdale gets to commentate on a Wimbledon quarter-final,” one fan wrote. “Bloke talks nothing but utter nonsense.”
“Boris Becker and John Inverdale talking about Hungarian women being the best looking women in world during Novak Djokovic v Marton Fucsovics isn’t really the analysis I was expecting on Wimbledon Centre Court,” another fan retaliated.