Serena Williams Fires Back After Tournament Director’s ‘Offensive’ Remarks About Women Players

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After a tennis tournament director 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.”

The initial remarks came from BNP Paribas Open tournament director and CEO Raymond Moore, who told reporters before Sunday’s tournament finals, in Indian Wells, California, “In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA [Women’s Tennis Association]. Because they ride on the coattails of the men.”

“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.”

Moore later issued an apology, but Serena Williams, who lost the tournament this weekend to opponent Victoria Azarenka, called Moore’s comments a “disservice” to tennis legend Billie Jean King as well as “every woman on this planet that has ever tried to stand up for what they believed in and being proud to be a woman.”

“We as women have come a long way. And we shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point,” Williams said.

King also spoke out, tweeting that Moore was “wrong on so many levels.”

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SOURCE: ABC News – Emily Shapiro