Indian Wells CEO makes sexist comments about WTA players

 In Coaches, Professional & Olympic Athletes, Tennis, Women & Girls

Serena_Williams_Doha_2013Did you see my tweet yesterday – I was searching for NCAA stats and the top thing that came up in google search was the following: “Swimming has been a sport at every modern Summer Olympics. ….open to WOMEN since 1912.” Because I was tweeting it I couldn’t send the entire blurb and of course today it’s not there…today on the heels of Raymond Moore’s sexist comments about WTA players.

When asked for his thoughts on the Women’s Tennis Association before the Djokovic–Raonic match, Moore responded with some controversial comments.

“No, I think the WTA—you know, in my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA, (laughter) because they ride on 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.”

What? This is (was) the CEO of one of the biggest tennis venues in the USA and he’s talking about women like this? It’s 2016 for goodness sake (replacing the expletives going through my mind). It’s one thing for a CEO to think these things but to say them out-loud?

If you following me, you know that I do a lot of writing in support of women…this is the year of the women but it feel like women are more oppressed & marginalized now than we were last year or the year before. This blog already has two good examples but here’s only a tiny bit more of the conversation:

Serena, who boycotted the event for so long, wasn’t amused and hit back at Moore.

“If you read the transcript you can only interpret it one way,” Serena said. “I speak very good English. I’m sure he does, too. You know, there’s only one way to interpret that. 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.

“Last year the women’s final at the US Open sold out well before the men,” Serena went on. “I’m sorry, did Roger play in that final or Rafa or any man play in that final that was sold out before the men’s final? I think not. So I just feel like in order to make a comment you have to have history and you have to have facts and you have to know things. You have to know of everything. I mean, you look at someone like Billie Jean King who opened so many doors for not only women’s players but women’s athletes in general.”

I feel like women take two steps forward and get shoved four steps back! What needs to happen to change this supremacist attitude that is still rampant in our culture? I don’t know if Ray Moore has a daughter but how would he feel if someone said this to his daughter? Does he not understand the impact this has on girls & women everywhere? Does he not understand that his comments are actually supporting sexism, oppression and marginalization of women for all of mankind?

Thank you Serena, Billie Jean and all the other female players that are speaking out. You are the bedrock of tennis and your voices are being heard by girls and women everywhere!

I am shaking my head…I cannot believe this kind of travesty is happening.

Dr. Michelle

For more information on Raymond Moore’s statements: Indian Wells CEO Ray Moore Says WTA Rides Men’s Coattails, Then Backtracks

Picture cred: en.wikipedia.org

Dr. Michelle Cleere
In her own private practice as an elite performance expert, Dr. Michelle Cleere helps top athletes, musicians, and executives in competitive fields unlock the power of the mind and create the mental toughness to be the best. Dr. Michelle’s extensive academic background, which includes a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Sports Psychology, allows her to help clients deal with performance anxiety, gain more confidence, and build resilience. In addition to personal coaching, Dr. Michelle takes on many roles – a best-selling author, athlete, and teacher. Dr. Michelle’s bestseller line, Beating the Demons, helps clients develop practical skills to gain more control over competitive environments and mitigate the interruption in play to overcome intense odds and defeat adversity. As a 15-year USAT Coach, she developed simple and effective tools to mentally train her athletes, and they are used by coaches around the world. She is a professor at John F. Kennedy University where she teacher her students to use the mind as an ally to improve performance.
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