Women's tennis legend Martina Navratilova has condemned the chief executive of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden tournament after he claimed female players were riding "on the coat-tails of men's tennis".
In a statement, nine-time winner of Wimbledon said Raymond Moore's comments were "disheartening".
It was really disheartening to see Ray Moore offer the extremely prejudiced and very old fashioned statements regarding women tennis players. We have made it this far on our own, without help from male players, and will continue to do so in the future.
It would be hard to imagine any women to want to go and play at Indian Wells if Moore stays as the tournament director.
Navratilova also said Novak Djokovic does "clearly doesn't understand" the issue of equal pay after he said men should get more prize money.
"Novak Djokovic, as much as I love him, clearly doesn't understand why, when women and men play in combined tournaments,they must be paid equally. I thought we settled that issue years ago", she said.
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The men's world number five said: "Everybody can have mistakes. I want to believe for sure that it is a mistake for Maria, she didn't want to do it.
"But it is obvious that it is negligence. The rules are like this. It is fair and now she must pay for it."
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World number one Novak Djokovic has given his support to Maria Sharapova and said he hopes she "gets out of this stronger".
Women's tennis' most bankable star made the stunning announcement on Monday that she had failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open.
Djokovic and Sharapova share a racquet sponsor and Djokovic has famously done impressions of the Russian on court.
He told TMZ.com: "I obviously wish her all the best. I've known her for a long time. I feel for her with all that's happening and I just hope she gets out of this stronger."