July 21, 2019

IF ANYONE WERE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS STUFF...:

Novak Djokovic's epic final reveals flaws in a two-set stroll meriting an equal purse (Andrew Anthony, 21 Jul 2019, The Guardian)

[A]t Wimbledon this year the winner of the men's title Novak Djokovic earned £2.3m, while the winner of the women's title Simona Halep got exactly the same amount. It has been a principle for a number of years now that there is no difference in men's and women's pay at the top of tennis. So normalised has it become that to question the policy is to immediately occupy the misogynistic position - and who but some unreconstructed neanderthal wants to do that?

Well, here goes: there is something wrong about equal pay, at least in the four grand slam tournaments. The problem was exemplified in this year's respective Wimbledon singles finals. Djokovic took four hours and 57 minutes to beat Roger Federer in an epic match that tested every aspect of the two competitors: skill, stamina, mental strength, you name it.

Halep, by contrast, finished her match against Serena Williams in just 56 minutes. That is more than four hours less time than the men's final. The Romanian played the match of her life and deserved to win. But still, 56 minutes? You don't book Centre Court by the hour. One reason for the disparity is that in grand slam events, men play the best of five sets. But the women play the same as they do in any other tournament on the circuit: the best of three sets.


...they'd advocate having them compete against each other on equal terms.

Posted by at July 21, 2019 6:23 AM

  

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