Serena Williams Receives Apology from Russian Official

Serena Williams (USA) reacts after winning the first set of the match against Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) in the women's singles final of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Photo: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
Serena Williams (USA) reacts after winning the first set of the match against Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) in the women’s singles final of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
(Photo: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Serena Williams says she has received a written apology from Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev for offensive comments in which he called her and sister Venus the “Williams brothers.”

At the WTA Finals on Thursday, Williams said, “He has reached out to apologize to both myself and my sister,” adding, “It was written. No, I did not speak to him.”

Tarpischev was fined $25,000 and suspended from tour involvement for a year for his comments on a Russian TV show, in which he also said the sisters were “scary” to look at.

Tarpischev said there was no malicious intent, and the quotes were taken out of context.

The WTA said in a statement that “his derogatory remarks deserve to be condemned.”

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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