Serena Williams was asked about the dumb, terrible comments of Raymond Moore – who, up until now anyway, has been the CEO of the tennis tournament in Indian Wells – and she did not hold back.
Moore, said (among many other insane, and terrible things), “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.”
Williams responded, via ESPN:
“Obviously, I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that. I think Venus [Williams], myself, a number of players have been — if I could tell you every day how many people say they don’t watch tennis unless they’re watching myself or my sister, I couldn’t even bring up that number. So I don’t think that is a very accurate statement. I think there is a lot of women out there who are more … are very exciting to watch. I think there are a lot of men out there who are exciting to watch. I think it definitely goes both ways. I think those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate.”
And Williams is not buying that Moore’s comments were in anyway taken out of context:
“Well, if you read the transcript, you can only interpret it one way. I speak very good English. I’m sure he does too. You know, there’s only one way to interpret that. Get on your knees, which is offensive enough, and thank a man, which is not — we, as women, have come a long way. We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.”
I think we all agree Serena…well, all of us except dinosaurs like Raymond Moore.