Tennis boss smashed for remarks about women
Indian Wells CEO hits out at the WTA
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