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Tennis pioneer Billie Jean-King waded into the French Open scheduling row on Saturday by claiming girls gamers are handled like “second class residents”. Roland Garros organisers got here below fireplace for placing 9 males’s matches in 10 evening classes this 12 months. Match director Amelie Mauresmo stated males’s matches have been extra interesting, feedback from which she ultimately walked again on. “You have to put them when it is prime time, and you’ve got to determine it out and also you wish to give equal alternative to each genders,” stated US legend King, a founding father of the WTA and vocal advocate for ladies’s rights.
“They need to have the identical quantity of girls’s matches as they do males’s. Actual simple. Proper now we’re taking part in two out of three units. I feel the boys ought to change that.
“If we preserve treating us like second-class residents we are going to keep second-class residents. You wish to make everybody really feel vital. We should always have extra matches, however I feel Amelie will maintain that subsequent 12 months. Figuring out her, she’s a winner.”
King, talking 50 years after her French Open win allowed her to finish a profession Grand Slam, stated the important thing to raised scheduling is for males to play best-of-three units on the Slams relatively than best-of-five.
“I’ve been saying without end we should always solely play two out of three units. Because the gamers become old, I need them to have the ability to play,” stated the American.
“Nadal is one — would you like him to cease? I by no means need him to cease. They create such a following in our sport. I wish to make it doable for them to win. I feel three-out-of-five, you may lose by attrition. In case you’re older, it is tougher. I am large on high quality over amount.”
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