Serena: Russian Tennis Federation President racist & sexist

By Drum Digital
20 October 2014

Serena Williams has slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using "extremely sexist, racist and bullying" comments.

World number one Serena Williams has slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using "extremely sexist, racist and bullying" comments after the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president described her and sister Venus as the "Williams brothers."

Reuters news agency is reporting that the WTA took swift action and fined Tarpishchev $25,000 and disqualified him from working in an organizational capacity for a year on Saturday after he made the comments on Russian State Television on Friday.

Tarpishchev, who is also an International Olympic Committee member, made an official apology later on Saturday after a WTA demand to do so but that was not enough for a clearly unhappy Williams.

American Serena Williams (33), is the current world number one and has won 18 grand slam singles titles. She has also teamed up with her elder sister Venus to win 13 grand slams and three Olympic gold medals in doubles.

Venus (34), is a former world number one, who has also won seven grand slam singles titles.

Serena is in Singapore to play in the season-ending WTA Finals tournament, which she has won the last two years.

Find Love!

Men
Women