The president of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpishchev, has been suspended for one year from any activity at the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), Lenta.ru reports citing the Association’s website.

Tarpishchev was punished for speaking out to American Serena and Venus Williams. In addition, Tarpishchev was fined $ 25 thousand.

"The statements made by Shamil Tarpishchev on Russian television regarding two of the greatest athletes in the history of women's tennis are offensive, humiliating and totally unacceptable in our sport. Serena Williams and Venus Williams are record holders on and off the court," the chairman said in a statement WTA CEO Stacy Allaster.

The restoration of Tarpishchev’s rights will depend on his future behavior. In addition, the Association believes that Tarpishchev should personally apologize to the Williams sisters.

Tarpishchev was punished for commenting on the Williams sisters, which he made in the program of the First Channel "Evening Urgant", aired on October 7. In particular, discussing the physical data of the athletes, the head of the FTR called them "Williams brothers."

Tarpishchev Honored Trainer of the USSR and Russia, member of the Executive Committee of the Russian Olympic Committee since 1994, member of the International Olympic Committee since 1996, member of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for Physical Culture and Sports since 2002. He directs all the activities of the FTR, represents the FTR in the state authorities, in the Russian and international sports organizations and associations. Winner of many awards.