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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Jul 10, 2013 AT 16:40 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 10, 2013 16:40 IST

Shortly after the Wimbledon women's final match on Saturday, BBC presenter John Inverdale demonstrated how the world of sports isn't free from sexism. As Marion Bartoli of France defeated Germany's Sabine Lisicki to become the Wimbledon Champion on what she termed as the greatest day of her life, Inverdale suggested on Radio 5 Live that the French player was "never going to be a looker".

Upon clinching the title, Bartoli made a dash to the players' box where she hugged her father, with whom she shares a very intimate relationship, him being her first coach who gave up his medical profession to start training her as a tennis player when she was only 6. This is when Inverdale decided to enlighten his listeners with a little insight on Bartoli's childhood as imagined by him: "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'?

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Jul 10, 2013 AT 16:40 IST, Edited At: Jul 10, 2013 16:40 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2012 AT 19:22 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 11, 2012 19:22 IST

It's getting to be repetitive. And leaving a bad-taste. 

Last year, Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki danced to a Rihanna song, after stuffing her clothes with towels, ostensibly to mock Serena Williams' shape and size:

Last month, Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic had done similar, separate stunts with stuffed  towels to mock the 2012 WTA Player of the Year:

If it was a joke, it is beginning to wear thin now, as Caroline Wozniacki was back again to repeat the stuffed towels routine in an exhibition match against Maria Sharapova this weekend:

The spectators included an amused Roger Federer.

While Yahoo Sports found the prank, "hilarious," and noted: "The likeness to Serena, you'll surely agree, is uncanny," not everyone thinks it is just a "jest" that should be left alone at that, others point out that making fun of the bodies of black women smacks of nothing else but racism, or at least bad taste.

Tell us what you think: harmless fun, in bad taste or racist?

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2012 AT 19:22 IST, Edited At: Dec 11, 2012 19:22 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 27, 2012 AT 21:09 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 27, 2012 21:09 IST


One of the ball boys makes an amazing catch during the Federer Nadal Semifinal match at the Australian Open. Then there was a cricket reference to Ricky Ponting, and the crowd goes crazy! Two million (actually, 2,000,859 at the time of posting) views and counting

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 27, 2012 AT 21:09 IST, Edited At: Jan 27, 2012 21:09 IST
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