BNP Paribas Open, better known as the Indian Wells Masters saw the word “sexist” being tagged to its CEO Raymond Moore. Moore spoke at a press conference before the women’s final between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka and claimed that it was the coattails of men on which the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and its female players ride on.
WTA world no. 1 Serena Williams heard the comment made by Moore and did not shy away from making her feelings known. On being asked about her reaction to Moore’s comment, Serena replied it as “very, very, very inaccurate”.
“Obviously, I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that. I think there are a lot of men who are exciting to watch. I think it definitely goes both ways.” Serena said, as reported by SB Nation.
Serena also went on to state that the women’s final at the US Open last year sold out well before the men’s.
“I’m sorry, did Roger (Federer) play in that final or Rafa (Rafael Nadal) or any man play in that final that was sold out before the men’s final? I think not.” the 34-year-old said.
It has to be noted that both Serena and Venus Williams boycotted the Indian Wells Masters from 2002, which has been a regular WTA stop for the big tennis players since 2009. Serena featured in the finals of this year’s event but lost out to Azarenka 6-4, 6-4.
Serena Williams is the top-ranked women’s player in the world and the most popular tennis player in the United States. A negative comment against women’s tennis has certainly backfired for Moore and the 69-year-old was quick to apologize for his comment.
“I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologize to all the players and WTA as a whole,” Moore said, as reported by Ben Rothenberg on his Twitter account.
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