Tennis has had a bad few months. No sooner did the news break that two umpires were banned over an ongoing match-fixing scandal then Maria Sharapova came out admitting she tested positive for meldonium, a performance-enhancing substance. Now, in the midst of the Indian Wells Masters (also known as the BNP Paribas Open), tournament CEO Raymond Moore has resigned after making comments that ignited outrage about women in professional tennis. "[Women] ride on the coattails of the men. They don't make any decisions and they are lucky," said Moore in a press conference before the women's final Sunday night. "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."
Serena Williams was the most vocal about Moore’s comments saying at a post-final press conference: "Obviously, I don't think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that… If I could tell you every day how many people say they don't watch tennis unless they're watching myself or my sister, I couldn't even bring up that number." Though Moore has subsequently apologized, saying that his remarks are "extremely erroneous,” his apology apparently came too late. Plans to replace him at the helm of the World’s Largest ATP World Tour and WTA Combined Professional Tennis Tournament — that spotlights some of the best players, of both sexes — are up in the air.