Shamed Indian Wells CEO Raymond Moore has resigned from his post following the outrage he caused on Sunday with some remarkably sexist comments on women’s tennis.
Moore had remarked prior to Sunday’s BNP Paribas Open final between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka that the women’s game rode the ‘cottails’ of the mens.
The 69-year-old said:
I think the WTA [Women’s Tennis Association] … you know, 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.
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.
Larry Ellison, owner of Indian Wells, confirmed Moore’s departure on Monday night.
He was reported by ESPN as saying:
Ray let me know that he has decided to step down from his roles as CEO and Tournament Director, effective immediately.
I fully understand his decision…Thanks to the leadership of Billie Jean [King], Martina Navratilova, Venus Williams, Serena Williams and so many other great women athletes, an important measure of success has already been achieved.
All of us here at the BNP Paribas Open promise to continue working with everyone to make tennis a better sport for everybody.
Ellison also highlighted that Indian Wells, along with other major tournaments, has been awarding equal prize money between men and women for the past ten years.
Moore did apologise for his remarks, but his resignation was frankly the only option following the damage caused to the sport’s integrity.