Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams
While in London preparing for the hearing on the case of Maria Sharapova, who admitted to doping in the world of tennis inflames another scandal sexist. It all started with the provocative words of the Director of the tournament in Indian wells, Raymond Moore, who recently stated that women are every night to kneel and to thank God for such players as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as they are crucial for the success of this sport.
Moore’s words caused a storm of indignation among the public, and a man bitterly about them sorry – apologized and was forced to resign. However, this story is not over: the oil was added to the fire of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic. Commenting on the words of Moore, the athlete noted that he, of course, wrong, but men really move tennis forward:
Statistics show that the matches between men there is much more spectators than the women’s tournaments. I think it’s one of the reasons why we should get more than women
said 11-time winner of tournaments of “Grand slam”, as if forgetting that now the men tennis players and so basically get a bigger prize than women.
When Djokovic said that immensely respected women in the sport and admires their efforts, because they have much harder than men because of the “organism” and “hormones”.
Would know Novak, than to bring his word! Criticism, scandal, perplexed. The athlete almost immediately apologized on Facebook, saying that he was misunderstood, but was already late – on players were up in arms even the famous Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova.
I’m disappointed. If, for example, I had children, a son and a daughter who would play tennis, I would never say that my son deserves better than a daughter, only because he’s a boy. I’ve been playing two years and can’t imagine, as he said to his son like that. That doesn’t matter! Novak has the right to think as he pleases, but if he had a daughter, let him explain to her why her brother (Novak grows year-old son Stephen – approx. ed.) should get more money than her, just because he’s a boy. But that’s about it and says Djokovic!
– Serena angrily commented on the words of the athlete.
Not become silent and the other legendary tennis player, 18-fold winner of tournaments of “Grand slam” Martina Navratilova
Novak Djokovic clearly doesn’t understand why women and men should receive equal prize money at tournaments combined. I thought that with this question we have long understood, but, probably, no,
– she said to journalists.
Note that the position of Serena and Martina was supported by many other athletes, but Novak remained in the minority. Now fans of the big tennis wondering, what would eventually lead to this scandal.