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Piers Morgan blasts Wimbledon’s ‘insidious attack on chivalry’ by banning ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’

August 21, 2019


TV host Piers Morgan has blasted Wimbledon’s “insidious attack on chivalry” – as it ended the use of courtesy titles ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ for female players at this year’s tournament  Women will no longer be identified by their marital status during match scoring in a change to tradition at the All England Club 4 Piers Morgan was furious at Wimbledon’s decision to end the use of courtesy titles ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ for female players at this year’s tournament  Umpires will simply say “game” or “game, set, match”, followed by a player’s surname  Wimbledon spokeswoman Alexandra Willis said: “We’ve got to move with the times.”  But the change was rubbished by Mr Morgan on Good Morning Britain today who moaned: “No you don’t have to move with the times what happened to chivalry?”  To that, his co-host Susanna Reid said: “It got lost in the battle for equality I want people to call me Reid like they call you Morgan!”  However Mr Morgan raged: “It’s not equality to get rid of chivalry  “Chivalry is from men to women, there isn’t even a transgender player where this would be necessary where you might upset the transgender player ”  The 54-year-old fumed: “What is wrong with you women? Why can’t you take a compliment?  “A lot of women, if you open the door for them, they look angry [and say] ‘how dare you infringe on my feminist rights?’  “It’s polite, its chivalrous, it’s gentlemanly, all the things you’re not allowed to be any more  “It’s another insidious attack on chivalry, on men being allowed to be chivalrous You’re not coming to get us, you’re running away from historic, traditional chivalrous behaviour ” WIMBLEDON LOSES ITS TITLES  Commenting on the change for women’s names, defending men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic said: “I don’t know, to be honest, how I feel about it  “I thought that tradition was very unique and very special. I thought it was nice ”  Djokovic said he does not mind being called “Mr”, adding that he supports the change if brings equality between the sexes  The hit on miss, announced yesterday at the start of this year’s tennis tournament, brings an end to 135 years of tradition  British hopeful Heather Watson, who cruised into the second round, admitted she hadn’t noticed but added: “Equality is always good ”  Last year the topic became a talking point when umpires called Serena “Mrs Williams” following her marriage to Alexis Ohanian  Her sister Venus said at the time: “Janet Jackson had that song and she said ‘Miss Jackson’ I like that. I am ‘Miss Williams’, so.”  The change in protocol reflects gradual moves towards equal treatment for male and female players at Wimbledon  Men’s and women’s singles champions only started receiving the same prize money from 2007 4 Serena Williams was previously called ‘Mrs Williams’ by Wimbledon umpiresCredit: Getty – Contributor Wimbledon 2019 tennis highlights – Watch action from day one as Novak Djokovic wins and Cori Gauff shocks Venus Williams 4 Wimbledon umpires will refer to female tennis players by their last names onlyCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun 4 Heather Watson has cruised into the second round of the competitionCredit: Getty – Contributor 15 year old Cori Gauff becomes the youngest player since 1991 to win in the first round of the ladies’ singles, beating Venus Williams  We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at [email protected] co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too Click here to upload yours.

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  • Reply spartans race July 10, 2019 at 5:11 am

    I agree Wimbledon should continue to refer to ladies and gentlemen as Mr and Mrs

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