What's in a Twirl? Reporter Focuses on Elite Tennis Player's Outfit

At the Australian Open on Wednesday, Channel 7 reporter Ian Cohen asked No.7-ranked player Eugenie Bouchard to twirl in her pink outfit with neon yellow straps. Bouchard was confused at first, so the reporter tried to clarify: “A twirl, like a pirouette!” He said. 

So the 20-year-old Canadian champ acquiesced, and the crowd whooped. At a post-match news conference, Bouchard admitted the twirl request was “very unexpected,” but she didn’t make much of it. “I don’t know, an old guy asking you to twirl. It was funny,” she said. 

Bouchard’s competitor Serena Williams later made the point that neither Rafael Nadal nor Roger Federer would ever be asked to twirl. Time asked, “What was he thinking?” and viewers on Twitter called the request sexist. 

Like on the red carpet, reporters are accustomed to skewing their questions based on gender. While men are given the chance to expand on their work, women are asked about their outfits and relationship status. 

Given one question, there are lots of other great ones Cohen could have asked. Maybe, What’s your next goal? “I want to win a grand slam,” Bouchard has said. “I want to get to No.1 in the world.” 

Learn more about Bille Jean King, the first woman to challenge gender barriers in tennis at the “Battle of the Sexes.” 


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