ATP CEO Chris Kermode denounced Ray Moore’s inflammatory comments in a statement just sent out within the hour.
“Ray Moore’s comments towards women’s tennis were disparaging and made in poor taste, as Ray has subsequently acknowledged,” said Kermode. “The ATP fully supports equality across society, while at the same time acknowledging that we operate in the sports & entertainment business. The ATP seeks to achieve fair compensation for its players by setting minimum prize money levels for ATP events in accordance with the revenues that are generated from men’s professional tennis. The ATP also respects the right of tournaments to make their own decisions relating to prize money for women’s tennis, which is run as a separate Tour.”
But Kermode passed the buck on the equal prize money issue, saying it’s up to the tournaments (i.e., the market) themselves to determine prize money allocations. And that goes is step with Novak Djokovic’s words yesterday saying that the men deserve more money because they have the bigger following.
So while they men’s tour supports equality, if tournaments say men deserve more money, then so be it.
Translation: Moore should step down, and high-5 Novak!!
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