Over 600 complain about Inverdale comments

Women's champion Marion Bartoli. Credit: PA Wire

The BBC has received over 600 complaints over presenter John Inverdale's suggestion that Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli was "never going to be a looker".

The presenter attracted 674 complaints after saying, "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little, 'you're never going to be a looker, you'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight?", in the wake of Bartoli's victory over Sabine Lisicki on Saturday.

Inverdale attempted to apologise for the comments which he described as "ham-fisted" on Sunday, revealing he had written to Ms Bartoli to apologise.