Venus compared to gorilla by ESPN pundit

Tennis fans have voiced outrage on social media after a pundit for ESPN said Venus Williams “put the gorilla effect” on while commentating on her second-round match yesterday.

Williams, who was playing Stefanie Voegele, was stepping into the baseline ahead of her Voegele’s second serve when ESPN’s Doug Adler made the controversial comment.

“She misses a first serve and Venus is all over her,” he said.

“You see Venus move in (and) put the gorilla effect on. Charging.”

Fans of the game were not happy, with many calling for 59-year old Adler to be fired.

New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg tweeted, calling Adler’s commentary “horrifying.”

Other fans were also not too pleased about Adler’s comments.

Although others interpreted the commentary in another way.

It’s not the first time someone has made offensive comments about the Williams sisters.

In 2014 the president of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev called Serena and Venus Williams the “Williams brothers”.

Adler and ESPN have yet to comment on the furore.

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