Serena Williams Blasts Tournament Director for Sexist Remarks
What happened again this week? Oh just another misogynistic remark toward women. On Sunday, in Indian Wells, California during the BNP Paribas Open, one of the biggest joint Association of Tennis Professionals/Women’s Tennis Association events outside the Grand Slam tournaments, tournament director Raymond Moore brought the heat. A few hours before the matches began, Moore said that female tennis players were “lucky” and owed their status to stars of the men’s game. Yes, he seriously said that.
“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,” Moore said. “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. They really have.”
Serena Williams chimed in after the match to condemn Moore for his remarks.
“I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that,” she said. “I think Venus, myself, a number of players — if I could tell you every day how many people say they don’t watch tennis unless they’re watching myself or my sister — I couldn’t even bring up that number. So I don’t think that is a very accurate statement. You look at someone like Billie Jean King (a founder of the WTA and a champion of equal prize money for women) who opened so many doors for not only women’s players but women’s athletes in general,” Williams said. “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, being proud to be a woman.”
And this is why I love Serena! Her eloquent shutdown as well as outrage from others, caused Raymond Moore step down from his posts as chief executive of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California and tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open today. Well cheers to that 🙂
While, I’m glad that Moore stepped down, I’m more proud of Serena Williams. This year she’s been personally taunted by the media for the muscular build and then compared to a horse and she’s handled every verbal attack with dignity and class. #AndStillIRise