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Published: Thursday, July 11 2013 11:45 a.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

I believe much of the appeal of tennis as a spectator sport lies in the behaviour and aesthetics of the players. I'm not saying that's right, but I do believe it to be true.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

I saw her match. Her tennis was beautiful. Her smile when she won was dazzling. I was thrilled for her.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Are such comments voiced about male athletes?

Orem, UT

I hope he is roundly reprimanded for his irrelevant and rude comments. If he doesn't respond appropriately or if he re-offends, he should have to play her in tennis or be fired.

Boise, ID

If the lady's pic is accurate, she looks just fine. However, if the BBC broadcasters look in the mirror... Mmmmm maybe I won't say that. The uber politically correct Deseret News editors would have a cow.

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

We've really learned nothing as a society, have we? Women are STILL hopelessly judged primarily on appearance.

Thank goodness my husband fell in love with my "scrappiness," because I'm no Wimbledon looker, either. Women should be judged on intelligence, ability, kindness, goodness and nothing else.

This tennis player is a very attractive woman, and it has nothing to do with her looks.

Ogden, UT

That was absolutely shameful, to make that comment, and I'm glad she and her father responded with such grace. A father always KNOWS his daughter is gorgeous!

I remember a few years back one of the female commentators called Sampras a nerd, saying that he looked like the kid who won the science fair, not an athlete. She was also joking, but no outcry. I guess it can go both ways.

Bountiful, UT

What does her “looks” have to do with the fact that she is a World Championship caliber tennis player?

What a stupid comment to make – that announcer should be fired.

Norman, OK

Bartoli is laughing at this scrub all the way to the bank. Her 2.4 million prize money in that one tournament is probably about how much he'll make for his whole career.

Cache county, USA

This announcer has a misguided compass on life it appears.


Daughter and her father both demonstrate class. Now, that is real beauty.

Tooele, UT

@Mom of 8

You said - "We've really learned nothing as a society, have we? Women are STILL hopelessly judged primarily on appearance."

Sad, but true.


After reading the review comments I had the impression that what the announcer said had to be totally shocking and inappropriate. Then I listened to the actually recording of the announcer's statement. My conclusion is that while his comment was ill-advised and could have been hurtful to Ms. Bartoli and her father, I really think the vitriolic criticism from all of those who are so ready to judge and crucify people for their comments is the result of hyper-sensitivity and a lack of thoughtful consideration of what and how things were said. You should disassociate yourselves from being HATERS and accept that there is more than one way to interpret what the announcer was trying to say. What I heard was a man musing aloud about whether or not at some point Bartoli, as a little girl suffering from a lack of confidence and low self-esteem (for any number of reasons) was reassured of her worth and potential by a father who loved her very much. I know this sounds perverse, but I actually think he was paying Bartoli and her father a compliment. Short, unattractive people do have to work harder in life--admit it.

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