Tennis

Benchetrit hits back at critics over ball girl banana drama

Elliot Benchetrit, who came from behind to beat Dmitry Popko 4-6 6-2 6-3 in a qualifying round on Saturday, found himself embroiled in a sexism storm after video surfaced of the Frenchman asking a ball girl to peel a banana for him during a break in play.The 21-year-old was swiftly told off by the chair umpire, John Blom, who informed him the ball girl "was not his slave," according to Benchetrit.Spectators on social media platforms were quick to jump on the exchange, with tennis legend Martina Navratilova even retweeting the video with the caption: "What's next grapes? #entitlement. John did the right thing, that's for sure."READ: Grigor Dimitrov turns heads with bold tracksuit choice at the Australian OpenNow Benchetrit has offered his account of events, and insists he's amazed at the furore.'At 6-5 in the final set, during the changeover, I asked the ball girl to peel the banana for me as I had put some cream on my hands in order not to sweat," he said."She had done it once before at the beginning of the match. But the second time the chair umpire stepped in and told me that the ball girl was not my sRead More – Source

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