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Women’s Tennis has brought more fans to the game than the Raymond Moores of the world could be expected to acknowledge – Tola Adenle

March 21, 2016

General, Sports, Women

Who the h—- is Raymond Moore?

Well, I could not have known much about him even though I’ve been an avid tennis fan since Billie-Jean King’s days, and as director of Indian Wells BNP Paribas tournament, I thought the guy should and would have enough tennis history to have stomached the kind of worse-than-trash-talking he did Sunday after the women’s final between Serena and Vika.

I hastened to check him out on the web, and pardon me, two things stand out on not only how and why I could never have known about his tennis history but on why and how he could be so backward in ideas:

While I have never been a doubles fan in which Moore’s highest ranking was 34, names that reigned when he should be playing well in the 70s do ring more than bells to me, and include: Nastase, Connors, Stan Smith, Newcombe, Roche …  Moore was never a star and hated young ladies who work as hard as the men at their sports getting those big checks/cheques which he never earned.

Secondly, Moore – you really must pardon me if you are offended –  is a relic of Apartheid South Africa, a past that he probably is finding difficult to shake off.

Let’s face it: the women’s game has brought perhaps more diversity of fan base to tennis than the men’s game which seems to have stalled in the last may years because the top has become too predictable.

Here’s the foot-in-the-mouth expletive of Moore who may now reside in the United States but who has his mind firmly planted in a time and place far in the past of hatred of a race but since – despite Trump’s piggybacking his far-out ideas on the coattails of fresh rise in racist extremism borne of the Republicans’ decades of divisiveness – official racism is frowned upon in his new homeland, Moore has to have his hatred directed at A Group.

And what better group than women, he must have reasoned.

Moore should be made to step down from such an exalted position because he does not believe in the ideals of the sport.

“In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA,” Moore said, “because 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. They really have.”

 

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016. 6:59 a.m. [GMT]

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