“Listen, you’re never going to be a looker. You’re never going to be somebody like a Sharapova, you’re never going to be somebody with long legs, so you have to compensate for that.”
As innocently as he meant it, John Inverdale’s remark ruffled a feather or two. Call a spade a spade, and the BBC is going to be inundated with complaints. A year has passed since his slip of the tongue and come Monday, the first pack of fresh Wimbledon tennis balls will be prised open.
So, in an attempt to deter those who will re-open the Bartolli case, we’ve chosen our pick of the best-looking female tennis players to have graced the court over the years.
Highest ranking: No. 26 (November 2005)
Current ranking: Retired
Best singles result in a Grandslam: French Open 4R 2006, 2011 & US Open 4R 2009
Highest ranking: No. 1 (August 2005)
Current ranking: No. 5
Best singles result in a Grandslam: French Open Winner 2012, 2014, Australian Open Winner 2008, Wimbledon Winner 2004 & US Open Winner 2006
Highest ranking: No. 21 (August 2013)
Current ranking: No. 29
Best singles result in a Grandslam: French Open QF 2009