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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Tennis Is Full of Sexist Pigs—Like Everywhere Else

Mar 28, 2016

Raymond Moore declared that women tennis players “ride on the coattails of the men,” and that “If I was a lady player, I’d go down on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.” He put his foot further down his throat by adding that women’s tennis has “very attractive prospects” who are “physically attractive and competitively attractive.”

Serena Williams put this sexist pig in place, this pig who also happens to be the director of the BNP-Paribas tennis open. She pointed out that he is simply wrong–lots of people watch both women’s tennis and men’s. And, by the way, when she played in the U.S. Open last year, tickets for her final game sold out before tickets for the men’s final sold out.

As for his disgusting remark, she reacted: “There’s only one way to interpret that...’Get on your knees,’ which is offensive enough, and ‘thank a man’? We as women have come a long way. We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.” Exactly!