Simon blasts tennis' equal pay

2012-06-27 12:37
Gilles Simon (File)

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.

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