Serena Williams has lashed out at Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore following his sexist remarks.
Speaking prior to Sunday’s final between Williams and Victoria Azarenka, Moore suggested that women’s tennis depended on the success of men’s tennis.
Moore also insinuated that Garbine Muguruza and Eugenie Bouchard are the future of women’s tennis, but only due to the fact that they are deemed to physically attractive.
“No, I think the WTA — you know, in my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA, (laughter) because they ride on the coattails of the men,” Moore had 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.”
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Moore’s remarks did not sit well with Williams, with the world number one shocked and appalled Moore’s views on women’s tennis.
“Obviously I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that,” Williams told reporters. “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 a number. So I don’t think that is a very accurate statement.
“I think there is a lot of women out there who are more exciting to watch. I think there are a lot of men out there who are exciting to watch. I think it definitely goes both ways. I think those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate. […]
“We, as women, have come a long way. We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point. In order to make a comment [like that] you have to have history and you have to have facts and you have to knows things. 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.”
Following Williams’ response, Moore apologised for his comments via a statement.