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Roland Garros & Wimbledon to pay equal prize money

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6385295.stm

Wimbledon pays equal prize money

Mauresmo earned £30,000 less than the men's champion
The Wimbledon Championships will hand women and men equal prize money for the first time at this year's tournament.
The announcement due at 1100 GMT by the All England Club, brings it into line with other Grand Slams after criticism from the WTA and leading women players.

Similar to the US and Australian Opens, equal rewards will be offered across the board, from the champions down to the first-round losers in all events.

The French Open only offers the same cheque to the champions.

The All England Club has previously defended the difference by saying that women had best-of-three-set matches while the men had best-of-five contests.

Three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe backed the change.

"I think when you've got men and women playing at the same tournament, it is ludicrous to have a difference in pay," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"It would be setting an example to the rest of society in general to have equal prize money.

"There's probably no other sport, and very few professions in this world, where a woman can earn as much as a man."



Arguably only a matter of time before they made the decision.

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I don't care what the merits of this decision are, it was the right thing to do because it was time this whole silly argument went away so the focus could be on the tennis and the sport, not this great big annual fuss over prize money that overshadowed so many good things.
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kudos to the organizers but also it made all the previous reluctance/resistance look very silly now.
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Horrendous decision.
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If women played the same amount as men, I would definatley be all up for equal pay.

But I think it's now unfair on the men who have to get through best of 5 matches only to earn the same as the women who play best of 3.

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Absolutely disgraceful decision. Pathetic to give into the unfounded pressure of the moaners.
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Good decision.

The men getting more for playing best of five seems like a weak argument. Some marathon organizers give equal prize money to men and women and that is unfair because the women have to run 20 minutes longer? One way of solving it would be to clock the matches and finish them after two hours. But then, would Federer deserve more money than Mauresmo because Nadal is a tougher opponent than Henin-Hardenne?

It's obvious that a simple comparison like that can't be made, the men's and women's game are too different.


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ATP and WTA in the Grand Slam events are playing during the same time at the same venue and have pretty much the same audience because it's very hard to keep exactly track about that as it is a combined event. If you are buying a ticket for a Grand Slam (with a few exceptions like on finals/semifinals days), you usually don't specify any closer if you want to see WTA or ATP action. I think this is also responsable for why it came that far that equal prize money is given despite the fact that the men are required to work a lot more for their wins than the women. Okay, now give them the 30000 pounds more which was only a smybolic difference anyway and move on.

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Rubbish decision, but this is no surprise.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Rubbish decision
Why?


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Why?
Because men bring in more fans and more revenue
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Because men bring in more fans and more revenue
I thought that had changed since Kournikova's heydays.


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Why?
I have explained this enough times, but think about the respective tours as stand alone products. We all know the men generate more revenue through sponsorship, TV rights, advertising and the like and this is reflected by the greater prizemoney on their tour, if this was not the case, then the WTA would be as rich, or slightly less, when in reality there is a clear difference.

I'll put it another way. When there is a music tour with 2 big bands, there is one support band and the main band. Both are included in the ticket prices, but both don't get the same money, if the women were the main act, then they should be playing the final on Sundays, but they aren't and don't.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Wimbledon to pay equal prize money

Despite being female, I am unhappy at the decision. Equality and equity are two distinct concepts and I certainly do not consider equal pay for women players to be equitable.

I have argued topics such as these to death and I will not pursue such a course of action this time around since arguments on message boards are inherently useless and unproductive. At least this issue is finally at an end, whatever the merits and demirits of it's resolution.
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I have explained this enough times, but think about the respective tours as stand alone products. We all know the men generate more revenue through sponsorship, TV rights, advertising and the like and this is reflected by the greater prizemoney on their tour, if this was not the case, then the WTA would be as rich, or slightly less, when in reality there is a clear difference.

I'll put it another way. When there is a music tour with 2 big bands, there is one support band and the main band. Both are included in the ticket prices, but both don't get the same money, if the women were the main act, then they should be playing the final on Sundays, but they aren't and don't.
As I said, I thought the revenue difference had changed after the Kournikova marketing boom.


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