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Australian tennis icon accuses basketball star Cambage of 'disrespect' in Olympic photo series

Australian tennis icon accuses basketball star Cambage of 'disrespect' in Olympic photo series

Australian tennis icon accuses basketball star Cambage of 'disrespect' in Olympic photo series

An enraged Cambage took to social media this week to complain about what she claimed was a "whitewashed" campaign promoting the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and clothing supplier Jockey.

"If I've said it once, I've said it a million times HOW I WANT TO REPRESENT A COUNTRY THAT DON'T EVEN REPRESENT ME #whitewashedaustralia," Cambage fumed on Instagram sharing images of Olympic and Paralympic athletes selected for the photo shoot.

Cambage expressed his anger on social media. © Instagram

The Las Vegas Aces star caused confusion when she added 'Fake tan does not equal diversity', later being forced to clarify that she was not referring to the presence of the native rugby star Maurice Longbottom in one of the images.

However, two-time Olympian Cambage's threats to boycott this year's Games in Tokyo have not gone down well with some in her native country.

Speaking on national television, Woodbridge, a 16-time Grand Slam doubles winner, said the basketball player failed to respect the athletes who appeared in the photos.

"My first thought was not to do it that way," Woodbridge said on Channel 9 Sports Sunday.

“Why do it like this? Why do it with anger and threats? You can't threaten to withdraw from representing your country, you have the privilege of being there and doing something special.

Woodbridge (pictured here in 2003) is a men's doubles legend.© Reuters

The 50-year-old cited Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka and Australian ace Ash Barty - who has Aboriginal heritage - as role models.

"If you want to do something like that, why don't you do it like Naomi Osaka did? I mean, she changed the world. She didn't have to come out and use language. and threaten all of us that we did the wrong thing”. Said Woodbridge.

"I would say, good on you for standing up for that, but there are ways. We have another great ambassador here in Australia that we just talked about, Ash Barty. She does it the right way. It's not not his style.

"I just think there was a bit of disrespect for the athletes in the photo, who rightfully deserved to be in that photo."

Woodbridge said Barty was a better example.© Reuters

Cambage, 29, was unrepentant about her outburst, taking to Instagram Stories on Saturday to stick her tongue out with the message: 'I DON'T CARE ABOUT A WHITE MAN'S OPINION ON RACIAL ISSUES. NEVER EU.NEVER WILL. »

She'll likely apply the same logic to Woodbridge's comments, though one group apparently in Cambage is the AOC, which announced broader mid-row representation.

Agreed changes to the AOC's constitution mean that at least one Aboriginal athlete and one Torres Straight Islander athlete must serve on the organization's commission, with the AOC executive itself selecting individuals if no indigenous athlete was elected.

Cambage – who was born in London to a Nigerian father and an Australian mother – had previously dismissed AOC's apology, saying: 'Australia, if you have a problem with my words, you are the problem, and you can kiss my black ass.

“And yes, I saw the apology. Words mean nothing to me. Actions mean something to me. So let me see it.

Cambage helped Australia win the bronze medal at the 2012 London Games and is a three-time WNBA star in the United States. She's also been on the sidelines as a DJ and lingerie model.

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