Denis Shapovalov pans Queen’s Club for sexist rule

Denis Shapovalov called out Queen's Club for their sexist policies

Denis Shapovalov called out Queen's Club for their sexist policies

Denis Shapovalov has called out London’s Queen’s Club for their sexist rule that restricts female players from training.

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“Ironic that @TheQueensClub is named after a powerful, extraordinary woman yet is openly discriminating against professional female tennis players by not allowing them to train at the club when they need to prepare for @Wimbledon. Time to review this policy #tennis #genderequality,” the Canadian tweeted.

Shapovalov is currently in a relationship with WTA player Mirjam Bjorklund.

The Canadian is competing at the grasscourt tournament at Queen’s Club, which is an ATP-only event.

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“During the first five days of the tournament, the courts on site are solely for the use of ATP members,” the club retorted in a statement.

“There are numerous other grass courts in London available to professional players who wish to train on grass.”

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ATP players who lose in the early rounds are allowed to train at the venue, which is a private club. But female players are restricted from training.

Shapovalov, who has had an up and down year, hasn’t had a great grass season so far.

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He lost in the opening round of singles in the two Wimbledon tune-up events he has played so far.

While the 23-year-old lost 7-6, 7-6 to Oscar Otte in Stuttgart, he went down 4-6, 6-2, 4-6 to American Tommy Paul at Queen’s.

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