Outrage on Social Media After Female Tennis Player Asked to Twirl

Viewers reacted on social media after a reporter at the Australian Open asked Eugenie Bouchard to twirl and talk about her outfit.
2:02 | 01/23/15

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The controversy in the world of tennis is what we're talking about. Questions about sexism. Some of the biggest stars including Serena Williams and rising star Eugenie Bouchard asked to spin around on the court and show off their outfits during the Australian open. It is the twirl that has heads spinning this morning. Can you give us a twirl and tell us about your outfit. Reporter: Just moments after seventh ranked Eugenie Bouchard crushed her opponent in 54 minutes to advance to the third round at the Australian open, 71-year-old tennis Australia commentator Ian Cohen asked her to twirl on the court. This just days after he asked superstar Serena Williams to do the same thing. I didn't really want to twirl because I just was like, you know, I don't need all the extra attention. You know, I'm fine with being asked to twirl if they ask the guys to flex their muscles and stuff. Reporter: Soon twirlgate erupting on Twitter with outraged viewers calling it sexist and disgusting and Williams saying male tennis stars would never be asked to twirl. I necessarily wouldn't ask rafa to twirl or roger to twirl. This is a reality. Some might think it's harmless but it has an impact of minimizing the performance on the field of play. Reporter: Tennis legend Billie Jean king speaking for many when she wrote the Australian open interviewer asking the women to twirl on court is out of line. But Bouchard is determined not to let Cohen's request impact the rest of her tournament. I don't know, just some old guy asking you to twirl is funny. Not worried about her. Things working out just fine for Bouchard. Just hours ago she won her third round match against Caroline Garcia to advance to the round of 16 and I don't know, Amy, is there something to it if the girls will be asked to twirl, he should ask the guys to flex. How about focus on the game own not about what we're wearing. She played like a rock star and that is what we should be talking about. That's what I want to remember. Hear, hear.

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