Boris Becker and Co-commentator John Inverdale are being blasted for their sexist comments about Hungarian tennis player Marton Fucsovics’ fiancée during his match against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Inverdale veered away from the topic of on-court play to point out Fucsovics’ fiancee, Anett Böszörményi, to joke that “If you’re a tennis player, it’s always good to have a partner called Anett.”
“They do say they have the most beautiful women in Hungary. I wouldn’t know that, but she’s certainly very pretty,” Becker replied.
Stephanie Hillborne, chief executive of Women in Sport, sternly stated that the pair’s topic was disrespectful and inappropriate, especially because they so openly did it on live television.
“When two men are comfortable talking about women in this way, never mind on live TV, it shows there is still more to do,” she said.
Tennis reporter Chris Goldsmith tweeted: “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.”
As for the match, Fucsovics fell to Djokovic in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.