Tennis Pro, Determined to Stay Relevant, Calls Kournikova a ‘Bitch’ and Others ‘Sexpots’

Posted Jun 27th 2008 11:45PM
by Will Brinson
Filed under: Tennis, Women’s Sports

Your next winner on “Loud Mouthed American Celebrity Type” …. Justin Gimelstob!! Come on down, champ. Gimelstob, a 31-year-old professional tennis player, decided to go off on some semi-profane, on-air rant this week, discussing the lustability factor of various female tennis players and then slanging mud all over Anna Kournikova‘s fine name.

Gimelstob … let rip during an interview on US radio, which included describing Czech star Nicole Vaidisova as “a well developed young lady”, and calling French pin-ups Tatiana Golovin and Alize Cornet “sexpots”.As well as calling Kournikova “a bitch”, he claimed female players “lack the social skills, they don’t go to high school, they don’t go to parties”.

But former world number one [Serena] Williams, who reached the last 16 of Wimbledon on Friday, said Gimelstob’s comments were unnecessary …

“Being pro-women’s rights, I just think we’ve come farther than to be referred to like this,” said Williams.”Anna is a great girl. For anyone to say that about her is not professional. It’s just totally uncalled for.”

Source: AOL Sport (Click here for the full story)

What do you think? Is there sexism in sport? Is there sexism in chess? Is Gimelstob right or is this is just one of the things which women have to deal with in general? Please keep it clean.

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