Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski
"99% of male tennis players can't stand women's tennis. There's no other sport with such a big disparity concerning level of play and the money women make. A friend of mine says that a woman who wins a Slam should only earn enough money to pay for her airplane ticket home. Who knows what else I would say if it wasn't for Ana and Jelena whom I may consider friends. But of course, I appreciate the effort they're putting into tennis, because I know they practise as hard as I do. [...] The way women think on court cannot be compared to men. Their only strategy is 'hit the ball where your opponent isn't.' Nothing more! No 'Put more spin on the ball, this is an important point, play to her backhand'. No way! [...] It's that such kind of tennis works today. Look at the Williams sisters, Sharapova or Ivanovic who hits the ball like a truck on steroids. I get a bit critical when I see how much the women earn and how their opening rounds go. That's what irritates me the most, I feel like going to WTA HQ and *something* all of them. Look at Federer who is so dominant, he has to work so hard to beat a Staracce or an Almagro, he may even lose a set and then look at Sharapova or Ivanovic who lose 3 games in the first 4 rounds. It makes me sick".
Thanks, I had never heard of this. Well, I can't say I disagree about the quality of women's tennis, though to be honest, I can't say I pay that much attention to it either.
Like scoobs said, the way he put it was undiplomatic, and I would add that "it makes me sick" was really unnecessary (drama queen much?), but I wouldn't put him in the same bag as Gimelstob and co. just going by this quote.
Regarding money, though, I have to disagree. I have heard Rafa complain that women shouldn't make as much as men because they play best of three sets (he said nothing about the quality of the game, as far as I can remember), and I think both Rafa and Janko are missing the point. I don't know if this has been measured, or if it can be, but in slam tournament, if the women's matches are bringing in as much money as the men's, if the ITF sells the TV coverage rights as a package, etc, then it's only fair that the prize money be equal.