After 48 hours of reading the wreckage started Sunday by Ray Moore and himself at Indian Wells, Novak Djokovic decided he wanted to clarify things tonight. In a statement this evening, Djokovic said the controversial comments he made Sunday were not his true view on the prize money issue. That’s because hormones (like the women deal with) and euphoria got the best of him after his win over Milos Raonic.
His new take on the subject is men and women alike should fight for their money.
I typically use this page to share my excitement with you, especially after big wins.
But this time I had to take a few deep breaths before addressing you. As you may have seen, I was asked to comment on a controversy that wasn’t of my making. Euphoria and adrenalin after the win on Sunday got the best of me and I’ve made some comments that are not the best articulation of my view, and I would like to clarify them.
As you all know, I care deeply about the future of the game and all of the players. Tennis helped me so much in my life and being where I am today, I felt the need to speak about the fairer and better distribution of funds across the board – this was meant for both men and women. We all have to fight for what we deserve. This was never meant to be made into a fight between genders and differences in pay, but in the way all players are rewarded for their play and effort.
Tennis is a sport that I love and that gave me the opportunity to help others who still have a long way to go to achieve their dreams. This was my view all along and I want to apologize to anyone who has taken this the wrong way.
Did he make things clearer? Is he for or against equal pay? Will the PC police get off his back? Will he ever be loved like Roger and Rafa? Does this help him win the French? And will he be able to get his hormones under control before his first match in Miami Friday night?
Unfortunately, there will be more as earlier today both Serena and Andy Murray put pressure on Djokovic.
Speaking of Moore:
Surreal world's collide moment. Spotted at Boca Raton resort, site of NFL meeting, disgraced former BNP Paribas Open head Ray Moore
— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) March 23, 2016
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