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John Inverdale, Women’s Tennis and the disappearing lesbians

Tom Winnifrith
Sunday 7 July 2013

Like most folk with the exception of Steve Moore I have zero interest in watching Tennis. If I can summon up the energy the men’s game has more power and skill and is what I would watch if forced. The women’s game? If most of us (men) are honest we watch it if a good looking bird is playing. Even then our attention span is limited.

And that brings me to Ann Jones and the lesbians but first to John Inverdale (the laddish TV presenter) who is in the soup for stating about the new ladies champion:

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.’”

In other words Inverdale states the bleeding obvious which is that the birds who make most money out of Tennis do so because they are lookers and can model swimwear. If you are not a looker to earn an equal amount you have to be a better player.

Yet Inverdale’s comments have been met with howls of anguish and demands that he be sacked. One thinks of all the current BBC scandals (who covered up for the nonces? the big payoffs for failure, the general waste, etc.) and then realises that the cause of the day just has to be to sack a bloke who actually said something that was factually correct.

So in Airstrip One what Inverdale should have said was “women’s tennis is as exciting as men’s tennis as a physical demonstration of skill and power, the best player won and it is shocking that in this sexist world she will not earn as much as some Eastern European blond bird with big tits and nice legs” Okay, I could not quite get the last bit right but that is the gist of what it is demanded that Inverdale should say. Not the truth but what is acceptable.

Needless to say the BBC has apologised grovelingly for Inverdale’s remarks and he will no doubt be forced to do the same.

Meanwhile 1969 ladies winner Ann Jones has chipped in with a claim that there are not as many lesbians in women’s tennis as there used to be adding that “I think the female tennis players veer slightly towards the man-ish end of the female society.”

Frigging hell. Had Inverdale said that he would have been hung, drawn and quartered for commenting on the physical traits of women tennis players? The falling number of lesbians is clearly a matter of intense interest. This is no doubt a result of homophobia, blah, blah, blah and I await an initiative to get more lesbians into tennis. It is only a matter of time.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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