It appears that the ‘equal pay’ issue has reared its ugly ahead again in professional tennis. Evidently the Washington Post is tickled that men and women will have the same ‘purses’ (how’s that for irony?) in this year’s US Open. At least the opinion-writer asks the proper question:
The U.S. Open tournament “was first to offer equal prize money for men and women.” So many times I’ve read (and agreed with) the economic need and moral right for women to receive equal pay for equal work. I’m curious: How is the pay equal when the men are required to play the best of five sets and the women play the best of three?
I suppose ‘equality’ is in the eye’s of the beholder.
May 6, 2016
Another tournament director weighed in on the craziness of gender political correctness in tennis:
Equal Prize Money: It’s Not OK When The Men Bring In 4 Times More Than The Women
Source: Ion Tiriac on Equal Prize Money
March 27, 2016
This is rather ironic considering the result tumult around women’s versus men’s tennis… evidently Andy Murray complained that he had to serve a women’s tennis ball that happened to roll onto his court during his match. Even his comments are rather ironic:
The world No. 2 felt he was mistakenly given a women’s ball while serving on break point in the second set against Denis Istomin, leading to a brief but heated back and forth with chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani. “It’s unacceptable to have one of those balls,” a visibly upset Murray said after losing the point.
Oh, well. The PC Police tell me that everything is fine…
March 23, 2016
Politically correct people can deny facts all they want, but reality typically follows the money-trail. Here is a dose of reality for the critics of Ray Moore and Novak Djokovic… picked up by Sean Randall:
The Miami Open is selling tickets for the men’s and women’s final at DIFFERENT prices when the prize money for both events is equal.The cheapest Saturday WOMEN’S FINAL (which includes the men’s doubles final) ticket is listed at $69.The cheapest Sunday MEN’S FINAL (which includes the women’s doubles final) ticket is listed at $105.
The article ignores the additional important fact that in the major tennis tournaments (e.g., Wimbledon, US Open, etc.) the men play best of 5 sets whereas the women only play best of 3 sets.