They were words that took tennis back to the dark ages, the tournament director of one of the sport’s most prestigious events saying that women professionals should get “down” on their “knees” every night to thank some of their male contemporaries.
Except Raymond Moore’s comments didn’t come in the distant past; instead the South African made the remarks Sunday on the eve of the singles finals at the BNP Paribas Open, better known simply as Indian Wells.
“In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA, because they ride on the coattails of the men,” he told reporters, referring to the organization that runs the women’s game. “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.”
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