ATP draw ceremony branded ‘shame’ after players were made to choose female models to reveal opponents
Former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo has branded an ATP draw ceremony a “disgrace” after younger male players were made to choose female models to reveal their opponents.
The draw was held in Milan on Sunday to decide the teams for the following NextGen ATP Finals, a event happening this week that includes eight of the world’s greatest players aged youthful than 21.
The players were requested to choose a mannequin to escort them down a catwalk arm in arm earlier than the mannequin then revealed their group letter to the viewers.
One lady lifted up her costume to present the letter ‘A’ written on her thigh whereas one other took off her jacket, with the letter ‘B’ marked on her again.
America’s Jared Donaldson seemed significantly awkward whereas a mannequin danced round him on stage.
Andy Murray’s former coach Mauresmo tweeted a video of the draw on Twitter together with the caption “disgrace” whereas Judy Murray did the identical, commenting “awful”.
France’s world quantity 38 Alize Cornet added: “Good job ATPWorldTour. Supposed to be a futurist event right? #backtozero”
Most of the players concerned seemed bewildered throughout the ceremony, which is run by the ATP, the governing physique of the lads’s recreation, in partnership with the Italian Tennis Federation and the Italian Olympic Committee.
The Italian Tennis Federation stated it was not concerned within the organisation of the occasion, which it stated was organized by the ATP.
The ATP has not but chosen to remark.