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Women’s Tennis Takes Some Heat By Chauvinists Djokvic and Moore This Week

March 23, 2016

For every dumb-ass out there making comments about women’s “hormones” affecting tennis play (Djokvic), and every other dumb-ass out there saying women should thank God on their knees for male tennis players (Moore, who has since stepped down), there are plenty of people who actually don’t define a tennis match by whether or not there is a uterus involved. Those people showed up by the thousands, 16,000 give or take a few, to support the Women’s Tennis Association match between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.

Just in case you missed the misogyny, the former Indian Wells CEO, Indian Wells being a large tennis venue just about to host the last match for women’s tennis, said in preparation of that match that women should get down on their knees to thank God for men’s tennis players:

In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTAbecause 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.

Media response was swift:

Moore said during a media breakfast on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open that the WTA “rides on the coattails of men” and that if he was “a lady player,” he would “go down on his knees every night and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born because they have carried the sport.”

The uproar over his comments was swift. Current players and tennis icons weighed in on Moore’s comments before his resignation was announced. Many suggested he be removed, believing there’s no way he should continue in the CEO and tournament director role in which he’d have to work with and go to bat for the WTA and its members.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, one of the co-founders of the WTA, suggested in a statement Monday that Moore needed to go.

“It was really disheartening to see Ray Moore offer the extremely prejudiced and very old-fashioned statements regarding women tennis players,” Navratilova said. “We have made it this far on our own, without help from male players, and will continue to do so in the future. It would be hard to imagine any woman to want to go and play at Indian Wells if Moore stays as the tournament director.”

Moore has since rightly resigned. Serena had boycotted Indian Wells because of it’s inappropriate commentary, and Moore reignited it:

This controversy comes just a year after the WTA’s biggest star, Serena Williams, ended a 14-year boycott of Indian Wells because of what she perceived to be racism among the fans. 

Williams—who lost Sunday’s final to Victoria Azarenka, 6-4, 6-4—said an apology from Moore didn’t erase the intent he had in his remarks, per Rothenberg (h/t SB Nation‘s James Dator).

“You know, there’s only one way to interpret that,” Williams said. “Get on your knees, which is offensive enough, and thank a man, which is not—we, as women, have come a long way. We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.”

Djokvic has since said that men should get more money than women because supposedly men work harder than women, and that more people care about men’s tennis, arguing just Moore’s point as Moore was pushed to step down as CEO.

WORLD No.1 Novak Djokovic has backed off his remarks about men’s tennis players deserving more prizemoney than their female counterparts.

Serena Williams and Andy Murray were among several players to publicly criticise comments by Djokovic that followed a sexism scandal at Indian Wells.

As the ATP and WTA Miami Open began on Wednesday, the world’s top players welcomed the resignation of Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore after the official disparaged women’s tennis at the weekend.

Djokovic followed up Moore’s comments with controversial remarks of his own, noting women must go through “hormones and different stuff” and saying men’s matches have more spectators to justify, “I think that’s one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more.”

That aroused the ire of Williams, who has won 21 Grand Slam singles crowns to 11 for Serbia’s Djokovic.

“It has been, I would say disappointing,” Williams said of Djokovic’s remarks.

“I wouldn’t say my son deserved more money than my daughter because he’s a man. It would be shocking.”

“He’s entitled to his opinion,” Williams said.

“If he had a daughter, he has a son right now, he should talk to his daughter and say, ‘Your brother deserves more money than you.’

“I would never use sex to compare. We have so many great players, men and women, who have brought so much vision to the sport. Every athlete works extremely hard.

“If I had a son and a daughter I would never tell them one deserves more because of their sex.”

The media points out Djokvic’s heritage, pointing out that he is Serbian, and perhaps distancing themselves from his misogyny by apologizing for his heritage: hey, he’s from Serbia, can’t help himself. But it falls flat. No one wants to hear that women have “hormones” to deal with, as if he is afraid to say that having blood in our underwear once a month makes us less athletic. Not our fault that there is blood, and women have been bleeding, working, playing and generally living life for eons without any help. Just because Djokvic’s got tampon issues doesn’t make us any less capable.

Why Djokvic thinks that players should get paid based on attendance is beyond me, because if that is how he had been paid, he is only half the player Serena Williams is. Besides that, Djokvic makes his money on endorsement deals, which I hope he loses after that last comment:

In fact, as of the start of 2015, Forbes had listed Djokovic No. 13 in the world’s highest-paid athletes with $31 million coming in from endorsements

Let’s compare Djokvic’s earnings to the women that he feels insecure about:

With deals ranging from Nike to Gatorade and even a brand-new social media “challenge” campaign with Pepsi, Williams is building her presence away from the game and, most importantly, raking in the cash

.Forbes lists Williams as No. 47 on the list of the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2015 and No. 55 on its most recent list of power women. Overall, she has won $72 million in prize money, more than double what No. 2 on the list, Maria Sharapova, has made.

As if that weren’t enough, Williams, along with her older sister Venus, bought stake in the Miami Dolphins in 2009. The two became the first female African-American to hold an ownership stake in an NFL franchise

Accordin to Infosys, on the World Tennis Tour information,  Djokvic has made $20 MILLION more in prize money than Serena, with Djokvic earning $97,171,248.

What is Djokvic complaining about? Supposedly he is arguing that men should be paid more? Looks like he was paid $20 million more than a woman who has won 200% more times than he has, so what’s his complaint? Serena has beaten him handily in the game, but she doesn’t have the earnings, and still Djokvic complains?

Djokvic and Moore win the Asshole(s) of the Week Award, seems each men have at least two, one at the top of their body and one down below.

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