Tennis executive, Raymond Moore sparked outrage after saying “They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky,” he said. “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.” Tennis tournament director also said female pro players “ride on the coattails of the men” and are “lucky” and “don’t make any decisions,” Serena Williams called the director’s remarks “very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate.”
She also stated “I think Venus, myself, a number of players — 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,”. Tennis legend Billie Jean King also fired back in her tweet below,
Disappointed in #RaymondMoore comments. He is wrong on so many levels. Every player, especially the top players, contribute to our success
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) March 20, 2016
His comments about female tennis players were in “poor taste and erroneous,” Indian Wells CEO Raymond Moore says, after a backlash over his comments that women are along for the ride in a sport that’s carried by men. The Tennis Executive later apologized.