Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are two brightest and greatest stars of tennis. Previously, both Serena and Djokovic were on friendly terms but the latest controversy over the issue of equal pay in tennis can potentially affect their friendship.
After Novak Djokovic said that male tennis players should be paid more, Serena Williams didn’t quite take it in good fashion. The issue erupted after the former director of BNP Paribas Open tournament in Indian Wells, Raymond Moore, made sexist remarks.
According to Moore, female tennis players should be thankful to their male counterparts “because they ride on the coattails of men.”
“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,” Moore said, reports Daily Mail.
Players around the world were disgusted by his remarks and Moore eventually issued an apology and resigned from his post.
Recently, Djokovic expressed his opinion over the issue of pay in tennis.
”I think that our men’s tennis world, ATP world, should fight for more, because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches,” Djokovic said via FOX Sports.
“I think that’s one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more. Women should fight for what they think they deserve and we should fight for what we think we deserve.”
Williams couldn’t agree to what Djokovic said and in a simple fashion hit him hard with one single phrase.
“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.”
The comments made by Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic seem to have given a new color to the whole gender and pay issue in sports.
Djokovic meanwhile, has issued a statement via Facebook to clarify his stand.
“This was never meant to be made into a fight between genders and differences in pay, but in the way all players are rewarded for their play and effort,” he wrote.
Djokovic also apologized to everyone who took his comments in the wrong way.