After tennis players such as Andy Murray and Venus Williams raised concerns about Wimbledon's sexist Centre Court scheduling, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has come under fire for ranking female tennis players competing at Wimbledon by their on-court style.
- WTA (@WTA) July 10, 2017
Originally spotted by Refinery29, the WTA posted a tweet on Monday (10 July) asking Twitter users to rank the players' on-court style, therefore reducing their talent and achievements as athletes down to their attire. Needless to say, their male counterparts didn't receive the same treatment.
The poll included notable female tennis players such as Petra Kvitova, Garbiñe Muguruza, Kristina Mladenovic, Dominika Cibulkova, Alizé Cornet, Angelique Kerber, Heather Watson and Carina Witthoeft.
Social-media users we quick to criticise the WTA calling the poll "silly and outrageous" as well as asking where the best-dressed poll was for male tennis players.
Very poor - how about celebrating these women as athletes not clothes horses?
- Sue C (@SueEllCee) July 10, 2017
Seriously WTA? They're athletes, talk about their achievements not their appearance.
- Heena (@heenybeeny10) July 10, 2017
Seriously WTA? How can you promote female tennis players as athletes while simultaneously asking for votes as to who is best dressed?
- Julianne Stack (@stackju) July 10, 2017
Stop asking people to objectify these incredible athletes and don't diminish their talent to who looks best in a dress.
- Treble909 (@treblemaker909) July 10, 2017
Seriously??? These women are incredible athlete and this is how you treat them? Absolutely disgusted.
- Niamh (@niamhcaseyirl) July 10, 2017
- Ali Crockford 🏳️🌈 (@Ali_Crockford) July 11, 2017
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