How Twitter reacted to tennis sexism row and Novak Djokovic's 'hormones' comment
Published 21/03/2016 | 11:51
The chief executive of the Indian Wells tennis tournament sparked a sexism row by saying female players should drop to their knees and ''thank God that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were born''.
Speaking ahead of the BNP Paribas Open final between Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams, Raymond Moore said the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) was a ''lucky organisation'' which ''rides on the coat-tails'' of the men.
Moore later apologised for his remarks.
Here, we take a look at the Twitter reaction to his comments.
Disappointed in #RaymondMoore comments. He is wrong on so many levels. Every player, especially the top players, contribute to our success— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) March 20, 2016
Raymond Moore made absolutely pathetic comments about women's tennis. It's a shame thinking like that still exist. @espn— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 21, 2016
As an aside, did Raymond Moore simply lose his mind for a moment making such silly comments about women's tennis at his own event?— Richard Ings (@ringsau) March 21, 2016
Following Moore's comments, world number one Novak Djokovic added fuel to the fire by saying he believes men should be awarded more prize money than women.
Djokovic claimed women face more challenges than men to succeed in the game, including battling ''hormones''.
Novak Djokovic weighs in on Ray Moore's remarks, equal prize money, and…female hormones? This was…not his best work. pic.twitter.com/dauOSP7iru— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 20, 2016
Just to be clear, I don't condone what Moore said and neither does Novak from what I interpreted.— Rajeev Ram (@RajeevRam) March 21, 2016