Victoria Azarenka has criticised the BBC’s John Inverdale, saying it is “amazing” that someone “not so knowledgeable” would be commentating on tennis.
The former world No 1 reached Saturday’s Wimbledon mixed doubles final with her partner Jamie Murray after beating British wild card pair Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday.
After the match she tweeted: “We are just rewatching our mixed doubles now … whoever is commentating this match is just comical and not in a good way.”
She followed it with another tweeting nodding along sarcastically to Inverdale’s commentary.
Asked about the tweets, Azarenka said: “I think it was more irony in my tweet, I don’t think it is frustration, I think it is pretty amazing that there are people who are not so knowledgeable commentating on the tennis.
“I will leave you with what he said. ‘Azarenka’s second serve: woof!’ I have no idea [what he meant]. It was horrendous.”
It is not the first time Inverdale has come into controversy over his broadcasting. In 2013 he was forced to apologise for his “ham-fisted comments” after commenting that the Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli “was never going to be a looker”.