Where Is the Love?
The world of professional tennis is coming under scrutiny this week following a slew of inflammatory and sexist comments made by some of the sport’s most recognizable figures.
With the issue of the gender pay gap garnering more attention as each year goes by and women are still not making equal wages compared to men in professions across the board, it’s no surprise that pro sports is also affected by the inherently sexist inequality .
Even tennis, one of only a few sports that promote equal prize purses in both men’s and women’s tournaments, in caught up in the controversy, and given recent comments by the likes of world #1 Novak Djokovic, it appears that the refined sport still has a long way to come.
Here’s what he said…
The controversy started after Raymond Moore, the CEO and director of the 2015 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, spoke out about women in professional tennis.
In an unsettling statement, Moore said that professional female tennis players “ride on the coattails of the men” and that they are merely “lucky.”
Moore went on to say that if he were a professional female athlete, he would “go down every night on [his] knees and thank God” for male players like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
His comments provoked a public outcry, and Serena Williams–currently the world’s top-ranked female tennis player–responded, calling Moore’s words “offensive” and saying “We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.”
Moore has since resigned from his position.