The women's Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has made the BBC's John Inverdale look like even more of a fool for his sexist remarks, arriving at the tournament's Winners' Ball looking every bit a "looker".

The French tennis star ditched her tennis whites and embraced the red carpet glamour in a gun metal grey dress, showing off her shiny hair and impressive tan.

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Her appearance at the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners' Ball at on Sunday came after the broadcaster's senior presenter said she was "never going to be a looker", following her defeat of Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Centre Court.

Inverdale sparked a backlash when he told Radio 5 Live listeners: "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?'"

The comments sparked outrage on Twitter where one user branded the presenter a "sexist dinosaur" and another called for Inverdale to be stripped of his job.

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Richard Kent said: "John Inverdale needs to go. @bbc5live Are you going to allow him to carry on? Comments re Bartoli are appalling."

Another Twitter user said: "Ooops John Inverdale maybe falling on his sword me thinks, sexist dinosaur!"

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There were calls for John Inverdale to be sacked

The BBC later apologised for the comments.

"We accept that this remark was insensitive and for that we apologise," a spokesman said.

Inverdale, who has now reportedly sent Bartoli a personal apology, is not the first sports presenter to make sexist 'jokes'.

One of football's leading television commentators, Andy Gray, was shown to stuff a microphone into his trousers and ask his female co-presenter to "tuck that down here for me".

The stunt cost him his two-decade long role with Sky Sports. He and his colleague Richard Keys had also been reprimanded for making sexist remarks about a female assistant referee and West Ham director Karren Brady.

And it's not just sports presenters who can be accused of sexism. How about this charming tweet from England cricketer Stuart Broad, who was more concerned at pointing out male champ Andy Murray's girlfriend's looks than celebrating a historic moment in British tennis...

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  • Men's singles champion Britain's Andy Murray and Women's singles champion France's Marion Bartoli pose with their trophies during the Wimbledon tennis Champions Ball in London, Sunday July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Adam Davy, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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    Great Britain's Andy Murray and France's Marion Bartoli during the Champions Ball at the Intercontinental Hotel, London.

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    French tennis player Marion Bartoli arrives for the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2013, in London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

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    France's Marion Bartoli during the Champions Ball at the Intercontinental Hotel, London.

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    French tennis player, Marion Bartoli, arrives for the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2013, in London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

  • Ladies singles Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli of France, right, applauds as she watches Bruno Soares of Brazil and Lisa Raymond of the United States play Daniel Nestor of Canada and Kristina Mladenovic of France during the mixed doubles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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    France's Marion Bartoli sits during a press conference in southwest London on July 7, 2013 the day after winning the women's singles Wimbledon Championships title. Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli insisted her perfect day on Centre Court on July 6 could be just the start of another remarkable chapter in one of the more unlikely tennis success stories. Bartoli romped to her first Grand Slam title as the French 15th seed thrashed Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    France's Marion Bartoli arrives for a press conference in southwest London on July 7, 2013 the day after winning the women's singles Wimbledon Championships title. Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli insisted her perfect day on Centre Court on July 6 could be just the start of another remarkable chapter in one of the more unlikely tennis success stories. Bartoli romped to her first Grand Slam title as the French 15th seed thrashed Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    France's Marion Bartoli gestures during a press conference in southwest London on July 7, 2013 the day after winning the women's singles Wimbledon Championships title. Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli insisted her perfect day on Centre Court on July 6 could be just the start of another remarkable chapter in one of the more unlikely tennis success stories. Bartoli romped to her first Grand Slam title as the French 15th seed thrashed Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Ladies' Singles champion, Marion Bartoli of France (R) greets guests as her father Walter Bartoli looks on during the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    France's Marion Bartoli poses for a picture during a press conference in southwest London on July 7, 2013 the day after winning the women's singles Wimbledon Championships title. Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli insisted her perfect day on Centre Court on July 6 could be just the start of another remarkable chapter in one of the more unlikely tennis success stories. Bartoli romped to her first Grand Slam title as the French 15th seed thrashed Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Marion Bartoli of France poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy and Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy at the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Ladies' Singles champion, Marion Bartoli of France at the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Ladies' Singles Champion Marion Bartoli of France poses with Gentlemen's Singles champion Andy Murray of Great Britain at the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    France's Marion Bartoli talks to members of themedia during a press conference in southwest London on July 7, 2013 the day after winning the women's singles Wimbledon Championships title. Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli insisted her perfect day on Centre Court on July 6 could be just the start of another remarkable chapter in one of the more unlikely tennis success stories. Bartoli romped to her first Grand Slam title as the French 15th seed thrashed Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Ladies' Singles champion, Marion Bartoli of France poses with her father Walter Bartoli at the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Marion Bartoli of France holds the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy as she is interviewed by Andrew Castle at the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Marion Bartoli of France poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy at the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Marion Bartoli of France poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy at the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Marion Bartoli of France poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy at the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

  • Marion Bartoli of France, left, and Sabine Lisicki of Germany during the trophy ceremony after Bartoli won the Women's singles final match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Marion Bartoli of France reacts as she holds the trophy after winning the Women's singles final match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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    France's Marion Bartoli with the trophy after beating Germany's Sabine Lisicki

  • Marion Bartoli of France smiles as she holds the trophy after winning the Women's singles final match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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    France's Marion Bartoli celebrates with her trophy after defeating Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the Ladies' Singles Final during day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

  • Marion Bartoli of France reacts as she wins the Women's singles final match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Marion Bartoli of France, right, greets Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the net after winning their Women's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Marion Bartoli of France reacts as she wins the Women's singles final match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Tennis - 2013 Wimbledon Championships - Day Twelve - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

    France's Marion Bartoli celebrates defeating Germany's Sabine Lisicki after winning the Ladies' Singles Final during day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

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