Wednesday, July 09, 2008

More sexist yuckiness from male tennis players

Lest you think Justin Gimelstob is an anomaly in his thoughts on women and female tennis players, think again. Diane at Women Who Serve posts on recent comments by Serbian Janko Tipsarevic (whose most recent claim to fame was his Wimbledon 2008 upset over Andy Roddick) which reveal his utter misogyny.
And I am here to add these little discussed comments by ATP tour professional Dmitry Tursunov who feels that smashing a racket is like having rough sex. I was going to copy and paste the remainder of the comments but they're pretty violent and misogynist so you can read them for yourself here. In sum, Tursunov sees breaking a racket as similar to breaking a woman. And he only feels a little bit sorry about it when it's over. Lovely.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a pretty stupid guy, generally. Maybe if he spent more time and thought on playing tennis well than destroying his equipment, I'd have heard of him before. OK, I've probably heard the name, when he was knocked out of a tournament, once or twice.
Even more than his ridiculous assertion that childish behavior is a positive thing that fans WANT to see, I'm disturbed by the wastefulness of his approach--and not just in terms of the racquets he breaks. Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you should do it.
I can't believe a newspaper printed that garbage.

Diane said...

Anon, Tursunov is a very popular player, with peers and with fans. He did that "blog battle" with Bryanne Stewart, and he appeared in drag on the court.

It turns out that comments Tipsarevic made a few years ago are much worse than his recent comments. They can be found in many places, and appear now in the comments section of my post: