INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The contest executive of a BNP Paribas Open criticized a WTA Tour on Sunday, observant women’s pro tennis players “ride on a coattails of a men” while describing them as “physically appealing and competitively attractive.”
Raymond Moore, a 69-year-old former furloughed pro from South Africa, oversees a $7 million contest in a California dried featuring a men’s and women’s tours. He done his comments in a eventuality with reporters before Sunday’s finals, and they fast seemed on amicable media.
Top-ranked Serena Williams objected, saying, “Those remarks are unequivocally most mistaken and very, very, unequivocally inaccurate.”
Moore was asked if a WTA Tour should change a nomination for a Indian Wells tournament, that is a premier imperative event, to lift a standing even higher.
“In my subsequent life when we come behind we wish to be someone in a WTA since they float on a coattails of a men. They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, unequivocally lucky,” he said. “If we was a lady player, I’d go down each night on my knees and appreciate God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, since they have carried this sport.”
Williams pronounced after she mislaid 6-4, 6-4 to Victoria Azarenka in a final: “Obviously we don’t consider any lady should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that.”
Williams called Moore’s comments a harm to Billie Jean King, one of a co-founders of a WTA Tour, womanlike athletes and “every lady on this universe that has ever attempted to mount adult for what they believed in and being unapproachable to be a woman.”
King after tweeted: “Disappointed in (hashtag) Raymond Moore comments. He is wrong on so many levels. Every player, generally a tip players, minister to a success.”
Asked about Moore’s comments, top-ranked Novak Djokovic said, “We have to be satisfactory to contend that it’s not politically correct.”
Djokovic was coached by a lady early in his career, and he remarkable that women pros mostly check or scapegoat carrying families to play professionally, something group don’t face.
“I have extensive honour for what women in tellurian competition are doing and achieving,” he said. “I’m totally for women power.”
Azarenka, of Belarus, pronounced such critique toward women stays an emanate in a world, including a fields of sports and business.
“What women do best is arise above those comments. You don’t hear complaints or bad comments towards men,” she said. “If we arise above that and keep operative tough in all we do, we’re better. We’re improved during holding opportunities and being graceful. It’s a avocation to keep only operative tough by whatever comments there is. We’ve got to arise above that.”
Moore cited Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and Garbine Muguruza of Spain as being among a “attractive prospects” on a tour. In a follow-up question, he was asked what he meant by attractive.
“They are physically appealing and competitively attractive,” he said. “They can assume a layer of care once Serena decides to stop. They unequivocally have utterly a few very, unequivocally appealing players.”
Moore’s longtime co-worker during Indian Wells and prototype as contest director, Steve Simon, became a WTA’s CEO final fall.
Moore after apologized in a created statement.
“I done comments about a WTA that were in intensely bad ambience and erroneous,” he said. “I am truly contemptible for those remarks, and apologize to all a players and WTA as a whole. We had a women’s final currently that reflects a strength of a players, generally Serena and Victoria, and a whole WTA. Again, we am truly contemptible for my remarks.”
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