Director of the BNP Paribas Open Raymond Moore presided over the trophy ceremony in Indian Wells on Sunday.
Director of the BNP Paribas Open Raymond Moore presided over the trophy ceremony in Indian Wells on Sunday.

Raymond Moore, the CEO of Indian Wells Tennis Garden and tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open, has stepped down after his controversial remarks on women.

Indian Wells tournament owner Larry Ellison released a statement with the news of Moore's resignation Monday.

"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."

Moore's comments on Sunday ignited controversy when he said female tennis players "ride on the coattails of the men" and should "go down every night on [their] knees" to thank their male counterparts.

The Women's Tennis Association responded, calling Moore's remarks "extremely disappointing and alarming."

The tournament quickly issued an apology from Moore.

Still, Twitter users and fans were similarly not happy about Moore's comments.

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