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Ray Moore lost his job for telling the truth

My old mate and one-time tennis partner is right in what he says about professional tennis

2 April 2016

9:00 AM

2 April 2016

9:00 AM

My old friend and one-time doubles partner Ray Moore has stepped down as chief executive of the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament for telling the truth. As Rod Liddle wrote in these here pages a couple of weeks ago, ‘There is nothing more damaging to a career than telling an unfortunate truth.’ Ray Moore was a very good South African tennis player and is a very nice guy. He once partnered me to a final in a major tournament and we have stayed friends for 40 years and more. The man who owns the Indian Wells tournament, multi-billionaire Larry Ellison, is a pretty disgusting individual, who among many other horrors has also managed to ruin the America’s Cup by introducing ugly, mosquito-like high tech catamarans as likely to be sailed by the average person as one is to swim up Niagara Falls.

All poor Ray did was to say that women tennis players have ridden on the coattails of the men. Judging by the reaction — especially by the egregious New York Times — he might as well have said that male tennis players are better than the women. Moore apologised immediately following his outburst, but he was a goner. The first to attack was Martina Navratilova, a great player in her time, but one that would not have filled a small room with admirers because of her overt lesbianism at a time when men and women athletes were advised to keep their sexual proclivities to themselves.

At present, of course, being a lesbian is a plus, especially in sport and in Hollywood. All poor Ray Moore did was to remind us that men are the big draws in tennis, and it’s because of people like Federer and Nadal that the women take home very large cheques which they don’t earn on a level playing field. (No, I will not resign from this column and you can go screw yourself, whoever you are.) A level playing field and equal pay would mean women competed against men as well as women, and played the best of five sets in Grand Slams. And before I forget, a man ranked 500 or even 1,000 will win Wimbledon every time if allowed to play against women. (Again, go screw yourself, whoever you are.) These truths we hold to be universal, at least for those of us who have played on the tennis tour, but try telling this to the moronic whiners who make a living by perennial outrage.

So a good man loses his livelihood because of the professional busybodies that look for racism and sexism, and the tour goes on. PC lives, and it will get worse. Maria Sharapova is caught doping and her team of defenders goes into overdrive. She no more has a history of diabetes and heart problems than I have a history of self-denial, but smart lawyers will get her a good deal or my name is Roy Emerson. And speaking of that great Aussie who won 12 Grand Slams, last year was the 50th anniversary of his first Wimbledon victory. So what did the BBC do? It instructed the saccharine Clare Balding to commemorate instead the 40th anniversary of Arthur Ashe’s Wimbledon victory, his single one. I never knew that a 40th anniversary takes precedence over a 50th one, but then I’m not politically correct. Ashe was black and Emerson white, so non-stop encomiums for Ashe were the order of the championships.

Yep, this is how it goes, and I hope a know-nothing PC slave by the name of Harvey Araton who just about demanded Ray Moore to be fired can keep his job at the NY Times a bit longer in order to help readers sleep longer during the long hot summer coming up. The only good news was that the owner of Gawker, a slimy Brit in the slimiest of businesses, Nick Denton, got smacked for close to 150 million big ones — he’s personally responsible for only about ten million — for showing a tape of Hulk Hogan having sex without his consent. Denton is an unpleasant man who thinks he has the right to look into other peoples’ private lives and moments in order to enrich himself. In France he would have ended up in jail long ago. In America he has become a celebrity and a multi-millionaire. Strike a win for the good guys. The tape was in reckless disregard and with intent to harm the Hulk. Pay up arsehole.

Finally, the outrage in Brussels speaks for itself. I was flying out from Geneva at the same time the scum blew away innocent people, and I couldn’t help think how Belgium is a microcosm of the EU. Multi-ethnic, split between Dutch- and French-speaking people, corrupt, incompetent, and much too scared to open the can of worms that is Molenbeek, the section of Brussels the Belgian army and the cops are too scared to occupy and clean up. The Belgians are the biggest contributors per capita to jihad in Syria, yet the state welcomes them when they return with open arms. Like the EU, the Belgian government fears charges of racism more than IS terror. When the Paris suspect was arrested four days before the outrage, I watched in the news Muslim women and men screaming abuse at cops who were searching for him. This is Belgium. This is the EU. Enjoy the Spring.

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  • rbw152

    Thank you Taki.

    Long may you continue to defend the decreasingly small island of hard-headed reality.

    People like you are needed now more than ever.

    • Gederts_Skerstens

      Times ten.
      As steadying as a double scotch during an earthquake. A weekly acknowledgment of Truth, while the simple, core, defining feature of the ascendant Left is in their seeing Truth as irrelevant.

      • Sargon the bone crusher

        They are no longer ascendant.

      • Shazza

        Not only is “seeing Truth as irrelevant” it is now deemed to be ‘hate speech’.

  • Zalacain

    Taki, when you defend Putin, you remind me of those writers that adored Mussolini in the 1930’s. But when it comes to women’s tennis, you are absolutely spot on. We live in a world where telling the truth can be very damaging for one’s career.

  • D J

    Ironic that the Belgian government wanted to ban right wingers from marching in Molenbeek.
    The homophobes, chauvinists, racists and religious bigots already form most of the population there.
    Perhaps they are hinting at mass deportation? No I don’t really believe it yet either.

    • supergimp

      Surely more ironic was that the government banned the ‘March Against Fear’ in Brussels because of, er, security fears. (The BBC called it that once, spotted the irony, and in a spirit of right-on solidarity, self-edited themselves in every subsequent report.)

  • tulpenmanie

    I think you would like the warnerd’s (John Dolan) podcast on patron, Taki. That is if you don’t already subscribe


  • ladyofshalot

    Good work Taki!! I never fail to marvel at how you a member of a rich, rarified and a remote (to me) elite manages to reflect virtually all my concerns. Any subject from Greece’s current situation to PC madness and attempts to shut down free speech, Taki always has something pertinent to say.

  • gunnerbear

    I’m not actually sure that the Belgian Army and Police are ‘scared’ to take action – rather that they await the orders to do so. Just as in Northern Ireland – all the major operations (here’s a reference for the kids) like ‘Motorman’ had a huge political dimension and the security services in Northern Ireland didn’t just get up one morning and decide to conduct the operation…..

  • davidshort10

    Much better than his defence of the ghoul, Putin, last week. Perhaps he was sober this week.

  • Sargon the bone crusher

    Nobody who tells the truth about reality in absurd Britain can survive now. I recall a project using women soldiers in the front line in the US and Britain a few years go.
    The women in the exercise were all dead in no time. The senior offices stated the obvious – no woman could withstand a highly trained male soldier, fully aggressive and possessed of testosterone singleness of purpose.
    That seemed so obvious that it hardly needed saying.
    More recently, I saw on the absurd BBC a pretty senior British officerette, immaculately dressed and looking quite charming, claiming that battle was a ‘workplace’, health and safety was relevant, and front line women soldiers could perform as effectively as men. She was PC made flesh. Maybe they can survive firing off a hand held RPG – but for any serious, intense and engaged fighting – don’t be absurd.
    Tennis is primarily concerned – as is any sport – a formalised and violence-free alternative to conflict, and that is all about the male. There, the female is the also-ran. Even if they are butch and look more like men with breasts.

    • The Masked Marvel

      Don’t ask how much it costs to refit fighter jets with new ejector seats to accommodate the lighter weight of the handful of women who fly them.

      • Sargon the bone crusher

        I assume that are also fitted with mirrors to do the lipstick before landing.

      • Sanctimony

        Yes, it must be extremely technical to avoid their fannies being impacted too violently…. otherwise they’d be ejecting the whole time….

    • Antoine Bisset

      New documentary show coming soon on TV called “Army Girls”. Apparently the Russians are recording it very carefully and will be sending DVDs to all their regiments and barracks so their soldiers can laugh themselves sick (and forget that they have not been paid for two and ahalf years).

      • Sargon the bone crusher

        I watched an excerpt yesterday- utterly pathetic – silly girls who the Russian special forces and even tough regular soldiers would capture, ravish, and press into the ranks of canned fish factory workers in a trice.

        • Antoine Bisset

          These are the front line forces of tomorrow’s Army.

  • “And before I forget, a man ranked 500 or even 1,000 will win Wimbledon every time if allowed to play against women.”

    Genuine question here but are you certain of this? Are men that much better than women at tennis (presumably due to biology)?

    • Zalacain


    • SP_UK

      In 1998 the then world number 203, Karsten Braasch, played a singles match against the Williams sisters (they played one set each). He won 6-1 6-2 having had a couple of beers before the match even started, and claimed that to create some semblance of a contest he had played more like a world number 600.

  • Hermine Funkington-Rumpelstilz

    Judging by that photograph, dear Taki, that Williams gurl has a larger and more pronounced biceps than the Spanish bloke. Who sez she can’t beat a Tim Henman?

    • Andrew Cole

      Photos of the luverly Serena just send me all giddy.

  • Reluctant Mlungu

    For all those who, like me, find Taki a rare voice of sanity in a world gone insane, check out his very own web-zine, with several equally incisive, NOT-right-on commentators on current events. It’s called Takimag.

  • AlexMacDonald7

    “All poor Ray did was to say that women tennis players have ridden on the coattails of the men.”

    This is complete horsesh*t.

    He said women should “get down on their knees every night” and thank Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal for their service to the sport. It’s a stupid comment to make and completely inappropriate for a representative – and frankly, an ambassador – to say. What sort of image does that give out to young kids, especially girls, about their sport? That they should get on their knees?

    There is a massive difference from being Politically Correct about an issue, and dragging your sport through the mud. This would not be tolerated if a senior PR spokesperson smeared their own company, so I agree that he should have been disciplined. He should have known better.

    • Randal

      He said women should “get down on their knees every night” and thank Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal for their service to the sport. It’s a stupid comment to make and completely inappropriate for a representative – and frankly, an ambassador – to say. What sort of image does that give out to young kids, especially girls, about their sport? That they should get on their knees?

      Are we to assume that you are reading some kind of sexual innuendo into the commonplace English language suggestion of “getting down on your knees to thank [someone or something]”, which on its face would seem to refer to simply adopting a prayerful posture? If so, you might or might not be correct as far as the original speaker’s intent is concerned, but it remains pure speculation on your part and certainly could never be proved.

      And it’s hardly as though mere petty lewdness is a common cause for dismissal these days – only if it is combined with political incorrectness does it reliably result in this kind of politically motivate loss of employment.

      Taki is clearly correct, and you are wrong.

      • Sue Smith

        BRAVO x 100!

    • ladieswhoimpress

      Well said. Thank you

    • Freddythreepwood

      Twaddle. He meant they should give thanks – and he was right. It needed saying, not that that will be of any comfort to him in this crazy world.

    • carl jacobs

      “I think the WTA [Women’s Tennis Association] … You know, in my next life, when I come back, I want to be someone in the WTA because they ride on the coattails of the men,” Moore said, according to multiple reports. “They don’t make any decisions, and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky. 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. They really have.”


    • Sue Smith

      It’s not a stupid comment – I’ve long agreed with what he said – and he shouldn’t have lost his job for saying it. Or anything else, except “I’ve got a bomb, do as I say”; or “fly the plane to Rio, or we all die”.

      You’re obviously an enthusiast for the view that we can protect young people – and the rest of the community – from being hurt and offended. Thank God you’re not required to fight for your country in any war!! That would cause hurt and offense and your little fragile self couldn’t take it. Man up!!

  • Maureen Fisher

    As a long time tennis fan, I’ve given up on watching women’s tennis. Apart from the shrieking instigated by Sharapova which is a turn off in itself, it’s a vastly inferior game to the men’s game. This guy was telling the truth.

    • SonOfaGun

      I don’t like men’s tennis, it’s effeminate, and I don’t like hairy legs.

  • Freddythreepwood

    It’s everywhere. We have had to put up with it in tennis for years, but now we are regaled with the results of women’s cricket, women’s football and even women’s rugby for heaven’s sake. I mean, who cares? Certainly no woman I know. As for tennis, if the men are subservient and wimpish enough to allow the current situation to continue, more fool them. The simple answer is for women to have their own tournaments, as in golf. Market forces will soon separate the men from the boys, so to speak.

    • #toryscum

      cycling is the same. i saw a recent article with female cyclists demanding a minimum wage that matched that of the male riders. the fact the female cycling has a VASTLY smaller market (i’d guess at <5%), they cycle slower and don't cycle as fast seems to matter not.

      • HJ777

        I’m not sure that the fact that it is slower, in itself, makes women’s cycling any less competitive or exciting to watch.

        • #toryscum

          In isolation i agree. But when they’re demanding the same wage as the men (who are significantly faster) it’s not about equality, but equality+. I’m fairly sure there’s no rule that says that women cannot compete in the grand tours (for example), and have access to the sweet prize money bounty… it’s just there’s hasn’t been one fast enough. ever.

          • HJ777

            I don’t think that how fast they are should decide how much they get paid.

            It should be left to the market. If I were a race organiser, I probably would, however, pay the women’s competitors somewhat above their present commercial value in order to encourage a higher standard and more competitors because in the long term it would give me two commercially valuable events to exploit rather than just one. But that should be down to organisers – not something that is mandated.

            Indeed, if women’s events become more commercially attractive than the men’s, then no reason at all why they shouldn’t get paid more than the men.

            Of course this doesn’t really have anything to do with sport, per se. It has to do with pay. I coach a sport where the question hardly arises because it is amateur – boys, girls, men and women all happily compete, almost always at the same events (albeit generally separately) and have pretty much exactly the same opportunities. Nobody even thinks about this any more.

          • #toryscum

            The point, and only point, of racing is to get from A to B the fastest. if how fast they are isn’t important, what is!?
            I enjoy professional cycling because i’m watching the best in the world compete. the trouble with the female racers is that they are not the best in the world, they might be the best women, but then you’re having to exclude men from the equation to get there.

          • HJ777

            If that’s the case, why have running races when you can cycle?

            Or cycle races when you can race cars? Or Formula 3 when we have Formula 1?

            Or age group races in any sport?

            All sorts of sports have categories designed to pitch like against like, not just races for the inherently fastest.

            Yes, races are to determine the fastest (tell me about it – I coach a racing sport) but we have all sports of categories in which people compete to be the fastest. It would be boring (and over very quickly) if we had just one category.

  • Jacobi

    I remember some time back when there was a sudden upsurge in interest in tennis at school. One year we had a staff and seniors tennis competition. One rather nice female gym teacher turned up in whites, unusual in those days.
    The crowd was enormous. It’s all, about knickers you know, and nice legs of course. Nothing to do with sport. For heavens sake!

  • SonOfaGun

    The most dominant women’s tennis champions also look like the biggest steroid users. U look but no see.

    • Sanctimony

      Sharapova suffers from a rare condition: Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), originally called persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS), Weiss Disease, and also known as restless genital syndrome (ReGS or RGS….)

      This is the reason for her exploding orgasmically every time she plays a shot on the tennis court and was the reason she took proscribed drugs in an effort to suppress her orgasmic screeches every time she hits the balls…

      • Sue Smith

        It certainly sounds like that’s the case!!

      • Nkaplan

        Do you mean whenever she strokes the balls?

        • Sanctimony

          Indeed… that said she could warm my bed any day and screech to her heart’s (???) content…

    • Sue Smith

      It’s the screaming and grunting I detest, so I’ve switched off long ago.

  • Bodkinn

    Why do people who speak what they believe to be truth – and probably is – however unpopular allow themselves to be coerced into resigning. Why don’t they stand firm and force their hysterical opponents to sack them? By resigning they are implying they lied which makes you wonder what inspired them to say it in the first place.

    • GoJebus

      I agree. They do themselves and the wider debate no favours. It is through not having the courage of our convictions that we are in the mess we are in regarding integration and immigration and a hundred other topics. Say it, support it and be prepared to be shot for it, but don’t recant like an imbecile.

      • Bodkinn

        Brilliant. Well said.

    • Sanctimony

      If you saw or heard, say, Serena Williams hammering on your door, you’d probably throw in the towel…. a set or a tryst with an Amazon like this would be enough to send any geezer running for cover….

      Chacun a son gout….

  • Larry Silverstein

    Larry Ellison is a great and clever guy and has done more for the worlds than Ray Moore

  • Fritz123

    The business of mothers.

  • cecil11

    Diversity means everyone MUST think alike about ‘diversity’. Diversity just means White Genocide.

    Freedom now from this enforced, coercive, parasitic, anti-white, genocidal diversity. Its a crime, not a ‘policy option’

    • Sue Smith

      You are so right. Consensus by another name; just as long as you agree with my consensus you shall remain at ‘liberty’!!!

  • David Prentice

    Marine Le Pen arrested in France for stating facts about Islamic terror; Matthew Doyle charged and held in custody over a tweet about … Islamic terror. Watch your backs, Taki and Douglas Murray, but don’t stop speaking truth to political correctness!

    • Sue Smith

      This is all the wind beneath Trump’s wings. That, and the fact Obama behaves more like your Queen than an actual President. Garden parties, rap singers, film stars…on and on it goes.

  • Dacorum

    In the former Soviet Union, telling the truth or not conforming to the Party Line would get you sacked and everybody, except a brave minority, learned to keep a low profile and keep any contrary thoughts to themselves.

    The same is equally true today in the western land of so called democracy and free speech where, for telling uncomfortable truths, and not keeping to the PC line will force you out of your job or get you sacked or sidelined.

    Whilst Russians now enjoy greater freedom than under the Soviet Union, our own freedom of speech has been grievously curtailed to the extent that it is coming to look more and more like we are living in a totalitarian PC state that makes sure that only those voicing the latest PC line will get on and have a successful career.

  • Antoine Bisset

    Not saccharine, strong emetic.

  • Sue Smith

    We are living in ugly and tyrannous times. It comes as no surprise that somebody would lose his/her job for expressing an opinion. The Left has so comprehensively emulated its operates in communist countries that suppression is now complete. As with the KGB and politburo, the Left always, always denies responsibility. We all need to fight as hard as we can to regain these lost freedoms.

  • Chris McGrath

    “And before I forget, a man ranked 500 or even 1,000 will win Wimbledon every time if allowed to play against women.” Cant remember the names, but hasn’t this being tried and the woman won in a one match some years ago. AND she was a lesbian if I remember rightly.

    • HJ777

      You are thinking of the Bobby Riggs vs Billie Jean King match.

      However, Bobby Riggs was 55 at the time (and no longer a professional athlete and certainly nowhere near the top 1000) while BJK was 29 years old and pretty much at her peak. BJK won, but Riggs had previously defeated Margaret Court. I believe that BJK and Margaret Court were the top two women’s players at the time.

      Not sure what it proved. Men hold an obvious advantage of speed and power – whether this makes men’s sport in general more competitive, more skilful or better to watch is quite a different issue.

  • johnb1945

    I don’t agree with Taki on many things but I do enjoy the insult-fest that are his columns.

    Never fail to make me chuckle.

  • HJ777

    The issue of prize money really should be left to the market.

    If people were to prefer watching women’s tennis, then I can’t see why they shouldn’t be paid more.

  • Lina R

    It does seem if you express an opinion and it doesn’t adhere to the one narrative as prescribed by the Hard Left, then mass hysteria is sure to follow (even if the opinion is shared by the discerning/silent majority), an apology will be demanded, followed by sacking/resignation. We get what we sow however, so all those intent on destroying others for their views, will one day find their own voice being silenced.

  • vito rodriguez

    ia gree with almost everything but its because ashe is dead and died tragically. if he was alive i doubt there would be the same reaction

  • Jackthesmilingblack


    • GraveDave


  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Lose your job for telling the truth. There’s a lot of it about.
    Jack, the partially blocked Brit

    • GraveDave

      Me too. And I suspect Fraser Nelson. Yet .I still don’t know what it is I’m supposed to have posted.
      That’s the daftest thing. Blocked by a supposedly Right wing blog.

  • Patrick Bateman

    Good to know that there is still some sanity in this world.

  • GraveDave

    a know-nothing PC slave

  • feral dragon

    The women’s US national football team is arguably the best in the world. They have been recently demanding higher salaries. No mention of the fact that they have lost to a US boys under 15 team 8-1.