Organizers “can’t promise equal number of men and women”
This year will be all-male again
Last year, 1 out of 10 matches were women
The tennis sexism controversy has moved to the night matches of the French Open.
Night matches are a highlight of the day’s schedule. Last year, there were 10 night matches at the French Open, but only one for women. The French Open kicks off on April 28, and like last year, there will be 10 night matches, one each day, starting at 8 p.m. local time in Paris. The Australian Open and US Open will also have two night matches each day.
There have been calls for more women’s night matches, but the French Open organizers are not listening. “I can’t promise that we will have an equal number of women’s night matches this year,” said Amélie Moresmo, the former world No. 1, according to the BBC on Thursday. Moresmo came under fire a year ago when she said that “the men’s game is more attractive and it’s harder to find stars in the women’s game” as a reason for eliminating the women’s night matches. Steve Simon, president of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour, emphasized that “men and women should play equally in prime time at all events.”안전놀이터
There has been no shortage of sexism controversies this season. At the Madrid Open, the organizers presented cakes to male and female players on their birthdays, but the women’s cakes were smaller and drew criticism, and the customary on-court interviews after the women’s doubles final were omitted. The men’s doubles, on the other hand, had full on-court interviews. Women’s doubles runner-up Jessica Pegula (USA) criticized the gender discrimination, saying at the time, “I don’t know what century this is.”