Get down on your knees lady players! Raymond Moore, CEO of India Wells and man of a certain age who should know better, said some dumb and ignorant things about women's tennis. The internet, understandably, reacted.
Thursday 24 Mar 2016
World No.1 Novak Djokovic has met with former women's tennis greats Billie Jean King and Chris Evert to clear the air over his comments about prizemoney.
Wednesday 23 Mar 2016

After all those smack downs, Novak Djokovic released this no apology, apology. It's our fault apparently, we all took it the wrong way. 

Note he said euphoria and adrenalin got the best of him? So, in other words, a hormone and his feelings? 

 

Also at the Miami Open, Andy Murray told the gathered press (as recorded here by journalist Piers Newbery):

ON POINT!  THANKS ANDY!!

“The crowds are coming to watch the women as well. The whole thing just doesn’t stack up – it changes on a day-to‑day basis depending on the matches you get.

The timing of it [Moore’s remarks] was just so strange, right before a great women’s final, there were 16,000 people in the stadium waiting to see them play.

Read more in The Guardian

 

Remember when Djokovic said this: 

Stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men's tennis matches. I think that is one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more.

Knowing what they have to go through with their bodies — and their bodies are much different than men’s bodies — they have to go through a lot of different things that we don’t have to go through,” he said. “You know, the hormones and different stuff — we don’t need to go into details. Ladies know what I’m talking about. Really, great admiration and respect for them to be able to fight on such a high level.”

Well, Serena Williams said this:

Novak is entitled to his opinion but if he has a daughter – I think he has a son right now – he should talk to her and tell her how his son deserves more money because he is a boy.

BOOM!

Her longer answer to the press conference at the Miami Open: 

“If I have a daughter who plays tennis and also have a son that plays tennis, I wouldn’t say that my son deserves more because he is a man. If they both started at three years old I would say they both deserve the same amount of money.

“It all boils down to that. I would never put a sex against another sex. I think it’s unfair to compare, we have had so many great women champions and players who have brought such great vision to the sport. There have been great men players too, but women’s tennis is the biggest sport for women – period.

“Men’s tennis is not the biggest sport for them but it’s still huge. You do have soccer, football, basketball. Everyone works really hard. Once again, it all boils down to how you’d explain it to your kids.”

Tuesday 22 Mar 2016

 

Tournament owner Larry Ellison revealed the news in a statement.

"Ray let me know that he has decided to step down from his roles as CEO and tournament director effective immediately," Ellison said. "I fully understand his decision."

A tournament spokesman could offer no further details on Moore's resignation, citing only Ellison's statement.

Moore apologised after he was roundly criticised by executives from the women's and men's pro tours, players Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka and on social media for his comments Sunday.

The 69-year-old former touring pro from South Africa has been CEO of the tournament since 2012.

"I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologise to all the players and WTA as a whole," the statement said.

"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."

Moore clearly had no intention to leave his post based on comments he made to reporters Sunday on the last day of the two-week tournament.

Before the backlash over his controversial comments began, he was asked how long he planned to remain in charge.

"Firstly, I love what I'm doing. I'm passionate about it. I enjoy it," Moore said.

"Who knows who the face of the tournament will be down the road. But I don't think that, oh, I'm going to stop next year or three years."

"It was really disheartening to see Ray Moore offer the extremely prejudiced and very old fashioned statements regarding women tennis players," she said.

"We have made it this far on our own, without help from male players, and will continue to do so in the future. It would be hard to imagine any women to want to go and play at Indian Wells if Moore stays as the tournament director."

On Novak Djokovic's comment that male stars should be paid more shed added: "As much as I love him, clearly doesn't understand why, when women and men play in combined tournaments, they must be paid equally. I thought we settled that issue years ago."