Ten­nis boss smashed for re­marks about women

In­dian Wells CEO hits out at the WTA

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Vic­to­ria Azarenka pulled off a shock by beat­ing Serena Wil­liams in the In­dian Wells fi­nal. How­ever, the re­sult was quickly over­shad­owed by the com­ments of tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Ray­mond Moore who said women’s play­ers “ride on the coat­tails of men”.

The 69-year-old, a for­mer tour­ing pro from South Africa, openly crit­i­cised the WTA Tour in a sting­ing at­tack that caused out­rage among cur­rent and for­mer play­ers.

“In my next life when I come back I want to be some­one in the WTA be­cause they ride on the coat­tails of the men,” said Moore.

“They don’t make any de­ci­sions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky.

“If I was a lady player, I’d go down ev­ery night on my knees and thank God that Roger Fed­erer and Rafa Nadal were born, be­cause they have car­ried this sport.”

World No.1 and 21-time grand slam cham­pion Wil­liams was one of the first to re­spond to Moore’s com­ments af­ter her fi­nal de­feat. “Those re­marks are very much mis­taken and very, very, very in­ac­cu­rate,” said Wil­liams.

“Ob­vi­ously I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thank­ing any­body like that.

“Look at some­one like Bil­lie Jean King who opened so many doors for not only women play­ers but women ath­letes in gen­eral.

“So I feel like that is such a dis­ser­vice to her and ev­ery fe­male, not only a fe­male ath­lete but ev­ery woman on this planet, that has ever tried to stand up for what they be­lieved in and be­ing proud to be a woman.”

King her­self re­sponded by tweet­ing: “Dis­ap­pointed in Ray­mond Moore

“In my next life I want to be some­one in the WTA. They ride on the coat­tails of men.” – RAY­MOND MOORE

com­ments. He is wrong on so many lev­els. Ev­ery player, es­pe­cially the top play­ers, con­trib­ute to our suc­cess.” No­vak Djokovic, who thrashed Mi­los Raonic 6-2 6-0 in the In­dian Wells fi­nal, said that Moore’s com­ments were “not po­lit­i­cally cor­rect”, but ques­tioned equal prize money in ten­nis.

The men’s world No.1 said that fe­male play­ers “fought for what they de­serve and they got it” but added that the men on the ATP tour should “fight for more”. “Stats are show­ing that we have much more spectators on the men’s ten­nis matches,” he said. “I think that is one of the rea­sons why maybe we should get awarded more. “As long as it is like that and there is data and stats avail­able and in­for­ma­tion ... upon who at­tracts more at­ten­tion, spectators, who sells more tick­ets and stuff like that, in re­la­tion to that it has to be fairly dis­trib­uted.” Moore later apol­o­gised in a writ­ten state­ment.

AP­PALLED: World No. 1 Serena Wil­liams was un­happy with the com­ments made by Ray­mond Moore

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