Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Women's Tennis (again)

Somehow, the old argument about prize money for women's tennis has cropped up again, with some rather unfortunate comments being made.

My position on this is pretty simple: the winners in women's tennis should absolutely be paid the same as their male equivalents. However, they should also equalise the number of sets played by men and women at the Grand Slams (and the Olympics). I would prefer this to mean that women should play best of five sets, but it works equally well if men play only best of three.

The reason for saying prize money should be equal should be obvious. The reason for equalising the number of sets is that as long as it is unequal, there is a fig leaf of respectability for suggestions women should be paid less - they're doing less 'work'. Best to remove that fig leaf.

1 comment:

Kezzie said...

It is v v silly!! I agree with you!