“Poor taste”

Tennis tournament chief resigns amid backlash over sexist remarks

Raymond Moore. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Raymond Moore, the CEO of the Indian Wells tennis tournament who caused controversy on Sunday after saying that female tennis players “ride on the coat-tails” of men, and should get on their knees and “thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born,” has resigned from his position.  Moore, who in the same interview also described several female players as “physically attractive,” had later apologized for his remarks, saying that they were made “in poor taste.” But Moore decided to step down after the apology fell flat and he faced strong criticism from several leading figures in the tennis community, including Serena Williams and Billie Jean King. The tournament’s owner, Larry Ellison, released a statement saying that he “fully understands” Moore’s decision, and went on to praise “the leadership of Billie Jean, Martina Navratilova, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and so many other great women athletes” in advancing women’s tennis.  He added, “I would like to personally thank all the great women athletes who fought so hard for so many years in the pursuit of equal prize money in professional tennis. And I’d like to congratulate them on their success.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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