ATP pros like Gilles Simon and Sergei Stakhovsky have come out and lashed out at equal prize money at the grand slams - angering fellow women players in the bargain. Now a player from the WTA Players Counil has hit out at the men saying that the women were not kept in the loop about a possible boycott of the Australian Open in January.
Bethanie Mattk-Sands commented, "This is the first we heard of it. We all know what Gilles Simon said at Wimbledon [that he’s against equal prize money] and it’s tough because they really don't talk to us a lot.
We agree with some of the things of they want, like [a higher percentage of overall revenues for [prize money], but they haven’t approached us. I think everyone would agree the best tournaments are the combined events.
That’s where we get the most fans and prize money and I’m not sure why they don't want to talk to us. We’d love to sit down and talk to them. It’s tough when it’s in the media and they aren’t even giving us a chance to say whether we agree with you.” Since the idea was first floated, a boycott of the Australian Open in January seems all but ruled out.
“You need to be unified in the decision and I think a lot of girls would agree with [their stance]. It won’t look good [for the guys] if they are the only ones. It’s a tough one for us because out season is ending pretty soon.
It’s too quick for the women to do something, even if we agree with what the [men] are doing, it puts everything in awkward position. Whether they want to be on one side or another, what I’m disappointed about is we haven’t been included in any conversation and they haven’t told us one way or another.”