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Venus Williams calls for equal court time amid more Wimbledon sexism rows

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Controversy over sexism at Wimbledon is back in the news after former world number one Venus Williams suggested time on the top courts for men and women isn’t always equally split.

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)

This isn't the first time in this year's tournament that sexism has been highlighted; the BBC commentator Andrew Castle came under fire for mentioning the appearance of Marcus Willis’s girlfriend, dentist Jennifer Bate, last week.

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)

After he made the comment, social media users were quite clear that they found it less than amusing:

However Bate herself said she found it funny:




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