Andy Murray offered his take on the equal prize money debate. Murray, who has been coached by women like his mother and Amelie Mauresmo and who is now raising a daughter, opposes Novak Djokovic’s view that men should receive more in prize money than women.
Speaking in Miami where he has a second home, Murray calls for equal pay at all combined events.
Via the Guardian, Murray said:
“One of the things Novak said was that if women are selling more seats and tickets they should make more but at a tournament like this, for example, if Serena is playing on centre court and you have a men’s match with Stakhovsky playing, people are coming to watch Serena. The crowds are coming to watch the women as well. The whole thing just doesn’t stack up – it changes on a day-to‑day basis depending on the matches you get.
“Men’s tennis has been lucky over the last nine or 10 years with the players they’ve had, the rivalries which have come out of that. That’s great but the whole of tennis should capitalise on that – not just the men’s game.
“I think there should be equal pay, 100%, at all combined events.”
Sergiy Stakhovsky then had a go at Murray.
@Stako_tennis as soon as we leave uk territory more people are watching you than Laura? Really?
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) March 23, 2016
— Dusan Lajovic (@Dutzee) March 23, 2016
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