Venus Williams' push for equal court time is latest in Wimbledon sexism issues


Controversy over sexism at Wimbledon has resurfaced after former world number one Venus Williams suggested court allocation for men and women isn't always equal.

Speaking after her second round defeat over Maria Sakkari on Court 18 - the smallest of the show courts - she said: "I don't mind where I play. It's just as long as everyone plays on the outside courts.

"It's not the ideal schedule for the women. We'd like to see equal amount of matches (on the major show courts). We don't want more, just the same amount, that's all."

Williams pushes for equality on the courts.
Williams pushes for equality on the courts (John Walton/PA)

BBC's Andrew Castle came under fire for commenting on the appearance of Marcus Willis's girlfriend, dentist Jennifer Bate.

He said during the Brit's loss to Roger Federer on Centre Court: "It's a pity my dentist doesn't look like that."

Dr Bate is just not at all fussed by comments.
Dr Bate is just not at all fussed by comments (Steve Paston/PA)

It was a comment that social media users made clear they did not find amusing...

Bate herself, on the other hand, did find it pretty funny...

But this isn't the first year allegations of sexism has cropped up at Wimbledon.

In 2013, John Inverdale sparked furore - and 700 complaints - when he commented on the appearance of Marion Bartoli during Radio 5 Live commentary, saying she was "never going to be a looker".

Inverdale said that he knew that he had committed a gaffe but that his BBC training meant that he did not say sorry.

Marion Bartoli.
Marion Bartoli (David Jones/PA)

He said: "I went up (to Bartoli) to say I was sorry and her exact words to me were: 'Don't worry about that, what do you think of my heels?'"

Also, it wasn't until 2007 that the Championships offered women and men equal prize money for the first time, bringing it into line with other grand slams. Wimbledon now joins the United States and Australia in paying equal money across the board, from the champions down to the first-round losers in all events.