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Piers Morgan explained what it means to be a 'champion' to Martina Navratilova and it got so embarrassing

Piers, please.

ONE OF THE most memorable moments during this year’s Wimbledon final was the sad sight of Marin Cilic in tears thanks to an unfortunate blister on his foot.

He played through and eventually, inevitably, lost to the irrepressible Roger Federer.

Wimbledon 2017 - Day Thirteen - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Source: Gareth Fuller

Professional contrarian and opinion-haver Piers Morgan was watching and became incensed that Cilic had the temerity to show emotion and frustration on court

He was, naturally, called out for being a “dick” but said that Cilic needed to “man up”

manup Source: Twitter

*thinking face*

His rant continued on Twitter all afternoon, saying Cilic “choked” – despite the visual evidence that he was suffering through painful-looking blisters for the whole match

The crying seemed to be the biggest issue for Piers

So far, standard issue stuff really.

But it was when someone asked tennis legend Martina Navratilova what she thought of Piers’s opinion, it went to the next level of farcical

Wimbledon Women Final - VIPs Source: Dubreuil Corinne/ABACA

Martina didn’t hold back on Morgan’s comments – calling it #sexistbs

And then yesterday tried to give an explanation about why Cilic was upset

martina2 Source: Twitter

To which Morgan replied

martina7 Source: Twitter

This line specifically was almost beyond parody:

Champions play through blisters…

A man who has never played sport professionally or won any major sporting honours explaining to someone who has won 167 single titles, including 18 slams, what it means to be a champion didn’t really go down well.

Especially given the fact that Cilic’s tears could have been down to many factors – like not being able to play his best on one of the biggest days of his career thanks to an injury.

It’s the dictionary definition of mansplaining

Wimbledon 2016 - Day Twelve - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Source: ABACA/PA Images

Of all the Piers Morgan arguments on Twitter that are so embarrassingly easy to dismiss, this takes the lead

Martina ended the discussion this morning with her final, classy comment on what it means to be a champion

martina4 Source: Twitter

And Piers had to get the final word in, despite having lost the argument

Right, Piers.

Tennis: Wimbledon Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

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David Elkin

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