The BNP Paribas Open tournament director who said women’s professional tennis players “ride on the coattails of the men” resigned on Monday night, ending his 29-year association with the event.
Tournament owner Larry Ellison said in a statement that Raymond Moore was quitting as CEO and tournament director of the US$7 million event featuring men’s and women’s players in the California desert. Moore informed Ellison of his decision when they spoke earlier in the day.
“Ray let me know that he has decided to step down from his roles as CEO and tournament director effective immediately,” Ellison said. “I fully understand his decision.”
A tournament spokesman could offer no further details on Moore’s resignation, citing only Ellison’s statement.
Moore apologized after he was roundly criticized by executives from the women’s and men’s professional tours, players Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka and on social media for his comments on Sunday.
The 69-year-old former touring professional from South Africa had been CEO of the tournament since 2012.
He was involved with the event for 29 years as a former owner and managing partner before assuming his most recent post. He oversaw the operations of the tournament and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which Ellison also owns.
Years ago, Moore and fellow ex-player Charlie Pasarell started PM Sports Management, which oversaw the tournament as it expanded.
Moore clearly had no intention to leave his post based on comments he made to reporters on Sunday on the last day of the two-week tournament. Before the backlash over his controversial comments began, he was asked how long he planned to remain in charge.
“Firstly, I love what I’m doing. I’m passionate about it. I enjoy it,” Moore said. “Who knows who the face of the tournament will be down the road, but I don’t think that, oh, I’m going to stop next year or three years.”
Ellison, a billionaire and cofounder of Oracle Corp, credited Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Serena and Venus Williams, as well as other female athletes, for their leadership in treating women and men equally in sports.
“I’m proud to say that it is now a decade-long tradition at our tournament at Indian Wells, and all the major tennis tournaments, to pay equal prize money to both the women and the men,” Ellison said in his statement.
Ellison thanked the “great women athletes” who fought so hard in pursuit of equal prize money in professional tennis.
“All of us here at the BNP Paribas Open promise to continue working with everyone to make tennis a better sport for everybody,” he said.
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