Serena Williams Fires Back At Tournament Director's Sexist Comments

Female tennis players should get on their knees to do what? Puh-lease.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Sexism in sports is alive and well. Even when the most celebrated tennis player of our generation is a woman, that still isn't enough for some people.

Raymond Moore, Indian Wells' tournament director, had no qualms about telling reporters that female tennis players would be nowhere were it not for their male counterparts.

"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," Moore told reporters. "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."

Gotta love blatant, unashamed sexism. Though Moore later apologized for his comments, Serena Williams-- who competed in the Indian Wells women's final last weekend and ultimately fell to Victoria Azarenka-- wasn't letting him off the hook quite so easily.

"Obviously I don't think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that," said Serena. "I think Venus, 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 are a lot of women out there who are very exciting to watch. I think there are a lot of men 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."

"There's only one way to interpret that. 'Get on your knees,' which is offensive enough, and 'thank a man'? We, as women, have come a long way. We shouldn't have to drop to our knees at any point," Serena continued"You look at someone like Billie Jean King, who opened so many doors for not only women's players but women's athletes in general. So, I feel like that is such a disservice to her and every female - not only a female athlete but every woman on this planet - that has ever tried to stand up for what they believed in, being proud to be a woman."

Following the considerable controversy caused by his comments, Moore has resigned from his position. Peace!

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