Had he made just this one point you made, I would agree that it's just his opinion. But there are about a handful of other articles out there which show more quotes from him, and he went on an on about how male players are more advanced, how womens sports should never be placed on the same level as men and women shouldn't be given the same prize money, blah blah blah. As I said, he needs to shut up and focus on the tennis.
What I said were my interpretations of what I think could be his reasoning, and I'm sure different journalists run their imaginations thru his words in totally different way too. Besides, I also agreed male players are more advanced. One thing I don't like that turned me away from women game is that it's all about power. It's boring as hell. And I was a WTA fans back not too long ago when it wasn't all about bashing the balls and screaming. To me, Men tennis has much more variety and therefore a lot more interesting. Again, my opinion. I have a inkling that ppl who like ATP more is likely going to agree with him than ppl who like WTA more, like you. It's all a matter of opinions that tends to align with our preferences.
And besides, contrary to Gilles' fairly
inaccurate sources, most of the WTA tournaments were perfectly fine as separate events. It's not about subsidizing the WTA, it's simply that the WTA and ATP as a joint product are far better than as singular ones. They are almost presented as mini-slams, have more prestige and bring in more money, sponsorships etc. There's a reason why IW and Miami, which have been joint forever, are far bigger and better than the other events.
Well, according to what I read, ATP's smaller tournaments prize money pool are 50K (18%) euros higher than WTA's, I wonder why. Could it be because they don't generate the same amount of revenue?
In the point of view of organizers, joint events are of course better, economy of scale that always help lower cost. Just think about how much advertising money that saved to promote both Men and Women event that held at the same time then the 2 events held at different time? How much more attractive a joint event is for attracting financing money. Therefore, I'm not saying that the joint event is made solely so the Men event can help out the Women. But I think it is definitely an element that is being considered when they form their business strategy. It's a good hedge.
If the slams were to split into separate events, the ATP would do better as the tours stand now (although this could easily change post-big 3), but it wouldn't generate nearly as much revenue as one big joint event. That's all there is to it.
I don't think Gilles is suggesting the slam to split, they have traditions, it has 2 weeks to play. He talks about Rome, a 1 week event with 6 rounds to play for each gender, that's a lot.
As I said, he needs to shut up and focus on the tennis.
Well, I don't think he can shut up now since he just got sucked in to the most controversial topic to comment on. I bet we won't heard the end of it. For sure the press won't let go until they milk it enough. And I can imagine the headline tomorrow if he loses: "Simon lost, next time he should shut his month and concentrate on his tennis"
I hope he doesn't need to keep explaining himself for what he said and get distracted. I too rather he had said nothing to begin with, but that's because I rather him avoid this kind of attention. Here, ppl say to not talk about religion and politics in gatherings then all will be fine, there's a reason why we talk about weather all the time