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I was goaded after Raymond Moore's sexism, reveals female ace Nicole Gibbs

Published 06/04/2016

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American Nicole Gibbs has revealed she received messages from male players in support of former Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore's sexist comments.

Moore resigned after saying the WTA rides on the coat-tails of the men's tour and that female players should get down on their knees and "thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born".

It is no secret that not every player in the men's locker room support equal prize money and Gibbs, an advocate of equality, was on the receiving end.

The World No.71 wrote in her column on the WTA website: "Moments after Raymond Moore's comments, I received messages from ATP players, goading me, asserting that Moore's reasoning was sound.

"I have had men and women suggest to me that skirts are the principle driver of revenue on the women's tour. From high-school-aged male players challenging me because they're sure they could never lose to a girl, to male coaches telling me, 'In women's tennis, you don't even have to be talented to succeed'."

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