Tennis fans woke up this morning to a reminder that sexism is alive and well in 2016. Raymond Moore, the tournament director of California’s BNP Paribas Open thinks female tennis players should be on their knees thanking the heavens for men. We’re not even exaggerating.
“In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the [Women’s Tennis Association] because they ride on the coattails of the men. They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky,” he told the media on Sunday. “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.”
While the 69-year-old is quick to point out how easy the female players have it, he also wanted to talk about how pretty some of them are. He said Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard is one of the “attractive prospects” on the tour and a reporter asked him what he meant by ‘attractive.’
“They are physically attractive and competitively attractive,” he said. “They can assume the mantle of leadership once Serena decides to stop. They really have quite a few very, very attractive players.”
Time will tell if Moore, a walking sexist stereotype, gets the boot from the organization. In the meantime, Serena Williams, the only player (male or female) to win three of the four grand slams six times, has shared her two cents.
“Obviously I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that,” she said, adding that Moore’s statements were a disservice to Billie Jean King, a co-founder of the WTA Tour.
“Disappointed in #RaymondMoore comments. He is wrong on so many levels. Every player, especially the top players, contribute to our success.”
Moore was eventually told to apologize and released this written statement because no one trusted him with a microphone: “I made comments about the WTA that were in extremely poor taste and erroneous. I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologize to all the players and WTA as a whole. We had a women’s final today that reflects the strength of the players, especially Serena and Victoria, and the entire WTA. Again, I am truly sorry for my remarks.”
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