Venus Williams: ESPN's Doug Adler to sue over sacking

Venus Williams
Venus Williams was beaten by sister Serena in the Australian Open final

Sacked tennis commentator Doug Adler is to sue broadcaster ESPN, claiming he compared Venus Williams' tactics to a "guerilla", rather than a "gorilla".

Accusations of racism were made by viewers, who alleged he used the word "gorilla" to describe Williams during her Australian Open second-round match against Stefanie Voegele in January.

Adler apologised but insisted he had said: "Venus moved in and put the guerilla effect on."

However he was later dismissed by ESPN.

Adler's lawyer David M Ring said that "guerilla tennis" was a common phrase in the sport to describe an aggressive match, citing a Spike Jonze-directed advert featuring Andre Agassi and Peter Sampras that was named after the term.

Adler had worked for ESPN since 2008 and was a professional tennis broadcaster for six years prior to that.

He claims he suffered "emotional distress" after the accusations of racism.

An ESPN spokesman told BBC Sport: "We have not been served and are declining further comment."

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