Australian Open: Ball woman 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 woman to peel a banana for him throughout a sport break.

The 21-year-old was rapidly hurried by the chair referee, John Blom, who knowledgeable him of the woman "she wasn't his slave," in accordance with Benchetrit.

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

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

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

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

"I couldn't imagine the umpire had mentioned that and I discover it wonderful how this example bought uncontrolled on social media with out folks figuring out 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 collection 6-2 6-Zero 6-Three by the Japanese Yuichi Sugita within the first spherical.

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