Raymond Moore, who runs the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, is stepping down from his director position after making completely off-base statements about women’s tennis being inferior.
Moore loudly and wrongly told reporters at the BNP Paribas Open that WTA players “ride on the coattails of the men,” perhaps forgetting that Serena Williams is the sport’s most dominant force.
He also said, “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.” A lady player...
A bunch of people rightfully got mad about these comments, including Serena, who responded by saying, “We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.”
As the AP reports, Moore apologized and quit his position Monday evening, which he’s held since 2012. Tournament owner Larry Ellison said in a statement:
“Ray let me know that he has decided to step down from his roles as CEO and tournament director effective immediately. I fully understand his decision.”
Ellison added, trying to put out the flames:
“I’m proud to say that it is now a decade-long tradition at our tournament at Indian Wells, and all the major tennis tournaments, to pay equal prize money to both the women and the men.”
While making his original sexist comments, Moore ironically said he wasn’t planning on leaving his role anytime soon.
“Who knows who the face of the tournament will be down the road,” he said. “But I don’t think that, oh, I’m going to stop next year or three years.”
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