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Djokovic slammed as he questions women as equals in tennis row

World tennis No1 Novak Djokovic was fighting a firestorm last night in an equality controversy, sparked by comments at the Indian Wells tournament in Florida.

Event winner Djokovic surprisingly spoke out in favour of male players being paid more than women following a remark by tournament director and former player Raymond Moore that: "If I was a lady player, I'd go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport."

Djokovic fanned the flames with his observation that women players: "have to go through a lot of different things that we don't have to go through. You know, the hormones and different stuff."

But womens world No1 Serena Williams branded Moore's comments offensive and responded: "We, as women, have come a long way. We shouldn't have to drop to our knees at any point."

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