During a press event at the French Open, Serena Williams was forced to deal with a sexist, racist, and offensive question about her appearance.
Journalist Bill Simons of Inside Tennis, touted as the “the most compelling tennis magazine in America," delivered two major faux pas during his interview with Williams.
First, he referred to the most decorated athlete of our time as “baby,” then he went on to seriously question if she's ever been intimidated by the looks of Maria Sharipova while citing Donald Trump.
“I have been waiting about 14 years to ask you this question: After the 2004 Wimbledon match with Maria, I had the opportunity to interview Donald Trump on his L.A. golf course, and he said that Maria’s shoulders were incredibly alluring and then he came up with his incredible analysis: that you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks. My question is: Have you ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court, and what are your thoughts about that occurrence?” he asked.
“I honestly don’t have any thoughts about that. I can’t say I have been intimidated by anyone. That’s all. That’s it," Williams responded.
Williams recently pulled out of the French Open due to an injury.
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