Stories that would have otherwise focused solely on Bartoli’s straight-set victory over Sabine Lisicki instead included details of BBC presenter John Inverdale’s insensitive comments.
He said during the broadcast:
“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’?”
Twitter exploded with angry tennis fans who took offense to the comments. Deadspin‘s Sam Eifling took Inverdale to task for the comments:
Inverdale did the common jackasses one better, though. His didn’t just poke fun at — nicely!— a woman’s appearance before a world audience. He also pinned this hypothetical motivator on her father.