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Tennis: I’m not sexist says Matosevic

Published on Jun 12, 2014 10:14 AM
Australia's Marinko Matosevic celebrates defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic in their men's singles tennis match at the Queen's Club Championships tennis tournament in west London, on June 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Australia’s Marinko Matosevic has insisted his criticism of women’s tennis doesn’t mean he is sexist.

Matosevic, who beat Lukas Lacko to move into the third round at Queen’s Club on Wednesday, sparked controversy on Tuesday when he became the first male player to publicly disapprove of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray’s surprise decision to hire Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach.

The 28 year-old admitted he did “not think that highly of the women’s game” and said he could never hire a female coach. His compatriot Sam Stosur, in action on the women’s tour in Birmingham this week, labelled Matosevic’s comments “pig-headed", while he was also subjected to abuse on social media.

Yet the world number 60 refused to alter his stance on Wednesday and claimed he was surprised by the fuss his comments had caused. “I was surprised because I thought my comments were pretty innocent,” said Matosevic, after his 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 victory over Lacko.

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