Broadcaster slammed over 'racist' Venus Williams gorilla comparison

Tennis fans are outraged after an American commentator compared Venus Williams to a gorilla during her Australian Open second-round match.

Ms Williams was playing Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele when the ESPN broadcaster Doug Adler made the remarks.

"Venus is all over her," he said.

"You see Venus move in and put the gorilla effect on. Charging."

It's an unfortunate comparison that has led to fans calling for Mr Adler to be sacked.

"This is some appalling stuff," New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg tweeted. "Horrifying that the Williams sisters remained subjected to it still in 2017."

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