Raymond Moore – a man who refers to some of the best athletes in the world as “Lady Players”, and yet is somehow in charge of the Indian Wells tennis tournament – said some batshit crazy things on Sunday, the final day of the BNP Paribas Open.
Moore, said (among other terrible things):
“No, I think the WTA – you know, in my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA, (Laughter) 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.”
Naturally, social media lit up afterwards:
— Marta (@MStolzova) March 20, 2016
#RaymondMoore should be on HIS knees begging to keep his job, and then given a massive forehand on to the sidewalk.
— DANIEL DAVID GOTHARD (@GOTHARDDANIEL) March 21, 2016
Now is the Golden Era 4 men, no doubt, but women have worked,fought harder,and have been bigger draws many times. https://t.co/zojHd9WAkH
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) March 20, 2016
What balls from male tennis sexists #RaymondMoore !
— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) March 21, 2016
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 20, 2016
Never heard of #RaymondMoore before this morning, but what a stupid comment. He should resign and hopefully be replaced by a woman.
— Matt Gray (@MattGray68) March 21, 2016
— Elizabeth Newman (@SI_ENewman) March 20, 2016
I would go on a twitter rant but I'm sure #raymondmoore doesn't have a twitter account
— Lazarus (@tracygpowell) March 20, 2016
Raymond Moore's comments are an absolute misogynistic disgrace. A privileged white male. Fantastic response from @serenawilliams though
— Doc on the go (@mum_on_the_move) March 21, 2016
— Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) March 21, 2016
Silver lining regarding #RaymondMoore's ignorant comments re women in tennis: Each generation will produce fewer people like him.
— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) March 21, 2016