Frenchman Gilles Simon, as a new member of the ATP Player Council, made some waves at Wimbledon earlier this year when he flat-out said women shouldn’t be paid the same as men in pro tennis. Now fellow new Council member Sergiy Stakhovsky is chiming in, and it looks like a sub-group is forming in the inner-workings of men’s tennis to take the women down a notch.
Stakhovsky told the media this week at the ATP event in Winston-Salem, “I still think that we should not be equal because of the amount of work we do, the amount of time we spend on court, it’s just different. You cannot compare it. And I think you cannot even compare the revenue that the men’s sports bring into the Grand Slams compared to the women’s.”
He went on to elaborate, “When it comes to equality, it’s not equality, it’s business. Pure revenue and business, it’s nothing personal…I mean, why are male models underpaid compared to women?…So, [in tennis] are we supposed to pay women more just for looks?”
“Joint events are in the past. We will split all the events we can. The ATP is done with [joint] events on the tour with the WTA, so it will be only Grand Slams and that’s it.”
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