Serena Williams didn’t like being demeaned by the director of the tournament she played in this weekend.
Raymond Moore, the director of the BNP Paribas Open tournament at Indian Wells, made some very sexist comments during a Q&A on Sunday.
Moore took a question about the Women’s Tennis Association and he completely degraded women’s tennis, completely failing to recognize everything from the commercial value to sport’s notable athletes:
“In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA,” Moore said, “because they ride on the coattails of the men. 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.”
Williams lost the championship to Victoria Azarenka later in the day. Afterwards, in a postgame interview, Williams addressed Raymond’s comments:
“We, as women, have come a long way. We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point,” she said. “In order to make a comment [like Moore did] you have to have history and you have to have facts and you have to knows thing. I mean, you look at someone like Billie Jean King who opened so many doors for not only women’s players but women’s athletes in general. 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.”
Raymond attempted to downplay his answer.
More from Indian Wells CEO Raymond Moore this morning, further down his remarks: pic.twitter.com/nXNATitvrR
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 20, 2016
(h/t Yahoo Sports).