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Simon blasts tennis' equal pay

2012-06-27 12:37

London - French star Gilles Simon, who has been elected on to the ATP Players Council, has reopened the bitter debate over equal prize money by claiming men's tennis is far more attractive.

Simon, the world No 13, criticised the move towards equality, where all the Grand Slams pay their champions the same amount despite men playing best-of-five sets and not three.

"We often speak of equal money, but I think it's something that doesn't work in sport," said Simon.

"Tennis is the only sport today where we have parity even though men's tennis remains more attractive than women's at this time."

Simon has also criticised the move towards more joint-tournaments outside of the four majors - last week, men and women played at the same event in Eastbourne and 's-Hertogenbosch.

"I am not against mixed tournaments, it's just that I think today men's tennis is really ahead compared to women."

Simon also told French reporters: "When Rome became a joint tournament it was to save the women because I remember a final with 20 spectators".

The French player is in action at Wimbledon later on Wednesday when he faces Xavier Malisse in a second round tie.

AFP

Comments
  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-27 12:43

    If the women played a 5 setter then I would understand. Increase the Sets for women as well.

      monique.crouse.31 - 2012-06-27 12:55

      Agreed, if the prize money is to be increased, the game time should too. But be honest though, I don’t find women’s tennis nearly as stimulating as their male counterparts, so I won’t necessarily want to watch 5 sets.

      Patrick - 2012-06-27 13:24

      Monique, watching three sets is painful enough.......... Goodness knows how excruciating 5 sets would be. I am in full agreement with you. It is totally pathetic that the pay is equal!

  • deon.dutoit.758 - 2012-06-27 13:01

    all i know is that the women 'GRUNT' louder and more often than the men...so therefore the men should get paid more ....haha

      Richard - 2012-06-27 13:41

      I would pay the women double prize money, if they would stop schreeching and grunting -too excruciating to watch. I have to put the tv on mute when watching Sharapova v Azarenka...

  • bruce.wells.963 - 2012-06-27 13:45

    Woman are quite capable of playing 5 sets, but that would mean reducing the number of tournaments because it would take longer to get through them. As for stating that everybody prefers to watch men's tennis, that is a sexist statement. Not everybody wants to see power all the time. Besides the cost of a woman travelling is exactly the same as a man's. Airplane tickets, hotel rooms, taxi fares, food all cost the same whether it's a male or a female. I have never seen anybody advertising reduced prices for women.

      Rob - 2012-06-27 13:56

      Well I prefer womens tennis & not for the obvious reasons. Less aces & far more action as far as I am concerned. Well ok, Sharapova and Wozniaki are far more enjoyable to watch then Nadal & Federer :)

      Lauritz - 2012-06-27 13:58

      Viewership prefers men's tennis, nothing sexist, its called business. Opinions may differ regarding the matter but sexism is not the issue here. It boils down to what people are watching and how many are watching it.

  • shirley.gobey - 2012-06-27 14:22

    I cant stand watching womens tennis with all the screeching. It is so off putting. There should be a rule against it.

  • louwc - 2012-06-27 16:08

    Luckily this is one debate that does not need to be settled subjectively. Both men's and women profesional tennis associations get their money mostly via TV rights the value of which is determined through viewer numbers which in turn dictates what the network can charge for advertising. Take you income and decide how much you wanna pay out - business!

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