Novak Djokovic reckons it’s only fair for male players to be paid more than females:

He said women “fought for what they deserve and they got it”, but said the men’s tour should fight for more prize money.

“Stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches,” Djokovic said.

“I think that is one of the … reasons why maybe we should get awarded more.

“As long as it is like that and there is data and stats available and information … upon who attracts more attention, spectators, who sells more tickets and stuff like that, in relation to that it has to be fairly distributed.”

Female players – Serena Williams, Kei Nishikori, Petra Kvitova and Andy Murray – are miffed. Willaims sums up:

“I wouldn’t say my son deserved more money than my daughter because he’s a man. It would be shocking.

“If I had a son and a daughter I would never tell them one deserves more because of their sex.”

It’s about ability, not sex. Williams should propose, for the sake of equity, that the ATP and WTA merge, males and females playing in a single draw for pooled prize money so that everyone gets what they deserve. Smash that glass ceiling, Serena.


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