Many heavyweight influences in the world of tennis have had words for Raymond Moore, CEO of the BNP Paribas tournament, after he made disparaging remarks about women in the sport.
“In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA [Women’s Tennis Association]. Because they ride on the coattails of the men,” remarked Moore at his California tournament. “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.”
“[Moore’s comments were a] disservice [to] every woman on this planet that has ever tried to stand up for what they believed in and being proud to be a woman,” reacted Serena Williams. “We as women have come a long way. And we shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.”
“Disappointed in #RaymondMoore comments. He is wrong on so many levels. Every player, especially the top players, contribute to our success,” tweeted Billie Jean King.
“Our sport benefits from the contribution of both sexes and celebrates the achievements of great women players alongside their male counterparts,” responded International Tennis Federation President, David Haggerty. “There is no room for remarks like those of Mr Moore in tennis or in society.”
Moore would later apologize for his ill-received remarks.
“At my morning breakfast with the media, I made comments about the WTA that were in extremely poor taste and erroneous,” apologized Moore.