After falling in the fourth round to Garbine Muguruza on Court 2 at Wimbledon yesterday, Caroline Wozniacki took a snipe at the tournament for not giving women equal time on Centre and Court 1 as the men.
Customarily, Wimbledon plays one women’s match and two men’s on the two biggest courts. Wozniacki played her second round match on Centre.
“The women really haven’t gotten the opportunity here to play on the big courts,” Wozniacki said Monday. “You only get one woman’s match on Court 1 and Centre Court. Most of last week it was only one woman’s match on Court 2 as well. It’s definitely different. That’s all I can say. I think a lot of us women feel like we deserve to play on the big courts in front of a big crowd, as well.”
Roger Federer, who has played all his matches thus far on Centre, says it’s up the tournament how they want to schedule.
“It’s totally up to the tournament organizers to make that call,” Federer said of Wozniacki’s request. “Usually it’s always very balanced, to be quite honest. But here this is grass, there’s no night session. Matches start earlier maybe. They don’t want to have too many people running around on the grass, I don’t know. So they only have three matches, like today, on Centre. That’s not a lot. Usually you have four to five or six.
“It’s just the scheduling and thinking that maybe those are the matches now they want to play on Centre, that’s it. Of course, they would try to be fair. I would be surprised if it would be otherwise.”
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