ATP Under Fire For “Sexist” NextGen Finals Draw Ceremony In Milan
by Staff | November 6th, 2017, 6:38 pm
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The ATP had to issue an apology for the questionable draw ceremony for the NextGen finals which was held yesterday in Milan.

The draw featured models interacting with the players during the draw, some of which drew much criticism. The players even picked between models to determine groupings then walked together down the catwalk.

In these sensitive times, it didn’t go over well on social media.

Andy Murray’s mother, Judy, wasn’t impressed at all.

Nor was Amelie Mauresmo.

Or Billie Jean King.

Amid the backlash, the ATP issued this apology: “ATP and Red Bull apologise for the offence caused by the draw ceremony for the Next Gen ATP Finals. The intention was to integrate Milan’s rich heritage as one of the fashion capitals of the world. However, our execution of the proceedings was in poor taste and unacceptable. We deeply regret this and will ensure that there is no repeat of anything like it in the future.”

However for some, it wasn’t enough. One fan wrote a lengthy complaint to the ATP and urged others to also send in their dissapointing via the ATP website:

Perhaps all this controversy will add some spark to the inaugural event which begins tomorrow.

Group A
Andrey Rublev
Denis Shapovalov
Hyeon Chung
Gianluigi Quinzi

Group B
Karen Khachanov
Borna Coric
Jared Donaldson
Daniil Medvedev


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8 Comments for ATP Under Fire For “Sexist” NextGen Finals Draw Ceremony In Milan

Margot Says:

The comments are spot on.
The tournament must be organised by pubescent school boys.


Giles Says:

Lol. And those are the ugliest models I have ever seen.


j-kath Says:

Or perhaps the tournament is organised by salivating old men mostly from the British political parties behaving like pubescent school boys.


James Says:

that was disgraceful. I wonder what is in store for the winner when he reaches the podium.


T Says:

Very tacky, indeed. But hey, what happened to Frances Tiafoe?


Margot Says:

Kath @7.10
Really? I mean really? Weinstein instantly came to mind. If I gave it any more thought I’m sure I could list a host of multi-national characters. It’s about the abuse of power, not nationality.


Anton Says:

Storm in a teacup , young geeky players looked uncomfortable for the most part being led by confident women far more mature and better equiped to handle the situation than the young guys were.


j-kath Says:

Margot: I do know it is international – but when you work for UK govt. and quasi-governmental organisations of the British upper lip type – it’s an everyday occurence….pervades the work-place and many of them have Honours —automatic in many cases.

Anyway, to the Andy and Roger match – hope you enjoyed it – wonder if Andy knew Kim was so close to the new baby’s birth…

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