Over the weekend, Raymond Moore, the pro-tennis executive and former player who heads the Indian Wells tournament in California, became the latest prominent 69-year-old CEO to make his misogynist musings public. In remarks made ahead of the women’s finals match on Sunday, Moore had this to say about the supremacy of men’s tennis:
You know, in my next life, when I come back, I want to be someone in the WTA [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. 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, arguably the game’s biggest star, was among the many to responded to Moore’s comments. Shortly after her finals loss, she condemned his statements, calling them “very, very, very inaccurate.”
“Obviously I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that,” Williams said. “I think Venus [Williams], myself, a number of players have been—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.”