Australian Open: Ball lady peeling banana blown out of proportion, says Elliot Benchetrit

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Elliot Benchetrit, who got here from behind to beat Dmitry Popko 4-6 6-2 6-Three on Saturday in a qualifying spherical on Saturday, discovered himself concerned in a storm of sexism after the emerged video of the Frenchman asking a ball lady to peel a banana for him throughout a sport break.

The 21-year-old was shortly hurried by the chair referee, John Blom, who knowledgeable him of the lady "she wasn't his slave," based on Benchetrit.

Spectators on social media platforms had been fast to leap on the change, with tennis legend Martina Navratilova additionally retweeted the video with the caption: "What’s the subsequent grape? #Entitlement. John did the precise factor, this positive."

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Now Benchetrit has supplied his account of the occasions and insists he’s amazed by the fury.

"At 6-5 within the remaining set, through the changeover to the euro, I requested the ball lady to peel the banana for me since I had put a bit cream on her palms in order to not sweat," she mentioned .

"He had already performed it as soon as at the start of the sport. However the second time the referee of the chair intervened and advised me that the ball lady was not my slave and I needed to peel the banana alone.

"I couldn't consider the umpire had mentioned that and I discover it wonderful how this example bought uncontrolled on social media with out individuals realizing what actually occurred on the pitch."

Blom didn’t instantly reply to CNN's request for remark.

Benchetrit's journey to Melbourne ended on Tuesday after being defeated in consecutive sequence 6-2 6-Zero 6-Three by the Japanese Yuichi Sugita within the first spherical.

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