Gilles Simon slagging off gender parity in tennis, we can't think of anything better to generate controversy between men and women. As for the rest, it happened to be quite an eventful week at Wimbledon…
"I feel that right now men's tennis is more interesting than women's tennis. As in any business, it must be paid on that basis. The point is not men or women, the point is whether people come to see you or not. When I open a newspaper, I see four pages on the men’s draw against only one on the women. You've been saying for four years that women's tennis doesn't have any number one and that men's tennis is extraordinary. Men certainly once again spent twice as much time on-court at Roland Garros as the women. We often speak of equality in wages, but I think it is something that doesn’t work in sport. I think that tennis is the only sport where there is gender parity in terms of prize money today, while men's tennis remains more attractive than the women's tennis right now."
That’s the bomb dropped by Gilles Simon, newly elected to the board of the ATP players, about gender parity in tennis. It’s the kind of statement that doesn't remain unanswered.
Especially since the Frenchman has added yet another layer by saying that "when the tournaments are becoming combined events, it’s mainly to save the women’s event. When in Internazionali BNL d'Italia, there are 20 spectators attending the women's final and the following year, I can't even train at the site once, because there are now too many of us, obviously I'm pissed off
. And I think it's legitimate
Not to panic, the ladies didn't take long to answer, including Maria Sharapova who quickly went to the net to kick the Frenchman's arse. "Whatever Simon says, it means nothing to me. We already had discussions about it at Estoril when he tried to kick me off of a training court
” said the Russian. “I'm sure more people watch my matches than his
" joked the world number one before Serena Williams added her two cents to the debate: “Maria is right, she is way hotter than him
”. Making friends....
Benoît Paire’s pants
Benoît Paire is a nice lad. Kind of cute, even. Some say he's charming. At the last Roland Garros, the photographers were very pleased to immortalize his naked torso in his Swedish pants. Because yes, as far as pants are concerned, the Frenchman has one and only favourite brand: Bjorn Borg. "These are the best in terms of fabric and style
” says the Avignon native. “The brand manager told me he was very pleased with the publicity and sent me some. If I could get a contract, that would be great. Every morning I make a choice. To play Dolgopolov, I had the Spanish pants because they won the previous day in football.
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