1. Canadian tennis sensation Eugenie Bouchard was surprised, if not shocked, when a male on-court commentator conducting a post-match interview at the Australian Open made an unusual request: "Can you give us a twirl?"
  2. "A twirl?" the 20-year-old Canadian asked.
  3. The post-match presenter, Ian Cohen, working for Australia's Channel 7, then repeated the question to 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard to do a “twirl, like a pirouette,” and show off her pink outfit to the Melbourne crowd at the Australian Open.
  4. Bouchard complied, albeit a little awkwardly, which you can experience for yourself in the video below:
  5. Watch Eugenie Bouchard 'twirl' after...
  6. The short interview was quickly shared online and widely reported by international media. Social media commenters called on the comment as "sexist" — with many asking if the same would ever be asked of male tennis stars such as Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
  7. "It was very unexpected," said Bouchard, who reached the semifinals at last year's Australian and French Opens not to mention the final at Wimbledon, making history by becoming the first Canadian to appear in a Grand Slam final.
  8. "I don't know, an old guy asking you to twirl. It was funny," Bouchard said. The 'old guy' she's referring to is Ian Cohen (pictured below.)
  9. Tennis champion Serena Williams did not address Cohen's comment to Bouchard directly but did tweet and instagram the following hashtag and image:
  10. According to USA Today, Serena Williams had a mixed reaction to being asked to twirl:
  11. “I didn’t really want to twirl because I was just like, you know, I don’t need all the extra attention. But, yeah, it was fine."
  12. “I don’t think and look that deep into it. Life is far too short to focus on that. We have so many other problems we want to deal with that we should focus on. Whether I twirl or not, it’s not the end of the world. It’s about being positive and just moving forward.”
  13. “Throughout the years we went for a more conservative look,” Williams said. “This year we really wanted to bring out a powerful woman and a strong woman, like I said. You can be beautiful and powerful at the same time.”
  14. Mr. Cohen has endured severe criticism online for having made what seem perceive to be as a 'sexist' comment.
  15. Seriously what a ridiculous request- put her in an awkward position for sure- next time she will probably just say no
  16. That being said, fashion, especially Nike fashion, has been a huge part of this year's Australian open, with both Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams tweeting images of their competitive outfits:
  17. The overwhelming majority of CBC readers who commented on this story were appalled, in some form or another, with Cohen's demand:
  18. The presenter is a brainless twit. Obviously that person doesn't regard her for her talent, dedication or hard work and clearly only sees her as an object. A twirl? Seriously? I thought we were in 2015, not 1915. Sad, sad - let's see some female presenters ask the men to do a little twirl so we can place value on them. Shameful.
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