Johannesburg, Mar.22 (ANI): Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore has quit after coming under severe criticism for making controversial remarks on Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
Larry Ellison, the event’s owner, while confirming the news said that Moore had decided to step down from his roles as the CEO and tournament director with immediate effect.
Expressing his views on WTA, Moore had earlier said that the women players are riding on the coat-tails of the men.
He didn’t stop there and went on to say that a lady tennis player should go down on her knees and thank God for the birth of men players like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal because they have carried the sport.
Moore’s comments raised flurry of criticism from the tennis fraternity, with top-ranked Serena Williams and retired legend Martina Navratilova leading the bandwagon, Sport24 reported.
Serena slammed Moore, saying that women had come a long way and added they were not required to drop to their knees at any point of their life.
Moore, however, had earlier apologised for his remarks, describing it as extremely `poor taste and erroneous` comments. (ANI)