Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard won an impressive 6-0, 6-3 match at the Australian Open yesterday at Melbourne Park.
Following her win against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, the ambitious 20-year-old tennis player – who reached the semifinals at last year’s Australian and French Opens and the final at Wimbledon — was interviewed on court.
And instead of asking how she felt about the result, or what the secret to her professional success was, the male presenter asked the young Quebec player this: “Can you give us a twirl?”
Bouchard, a no. 7-ranked player — replied with , “A twirl?,” and the reporter explained, “A twirl, like a pirouette, here you go.”
Then, looking a little embarrassed, the tennis ace obliged by doing a little pirouette in front of a packed stadium, showing off her pink top-and-skirt combo.
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Understandably, the question has been slammed on social media, with Twitter users questioning whether the reporter would have asked Roger Federer or other male stars the same question (spoiler alert: no way would that ever happen.)
Others described the moment as “insulting” and “sexist“.
“Apparently “give us a twirl” is tennis’s version of “what are you wearing?”… She’s a champion, not an object. #its2015,” chimed in Twitter user Ashley Csanady.