2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli didn't like the comments Stefanos Tsitsipas made about the women's game at the Miami Masters. Since women are paid the same as men at the Grand Slam events, Tsitsipas suggested maybe women could also play the best-of-five-sets at Majors.
“It exasperates me because it is only four tournaments in the year. So yes, these are tournaments that the general public follows and knows about, but there are still only four tournaments in the year. We have to stop saying that we are paid exactly the same all year round.
First, it is not true. Secondly, on the Grand Slam tournaments, when we look today at the attraction of the public for women or for men, we can clearly see that Roger (Federer) hardly plays anymore, that Rafa plays from time to time but still much less.
The attraction for the women's level is real and there are as many spectators, if not more," Bartoli said on Les Grandes Gueules du Sport - RMC, as revealed on We Love Tennis. “We are in a sport business that the intrinsic value of a women's match has become the same financial value as a men's match, that's the reality.
To reduce that in hourly volume by saying: 'We play longer in terms of sets so we must be paid more', these are childish debates that we come out with every two or three years as soon as a man is touched in his ego to see that there are fewer people to see his match than for a women's match.
Really, it's starting to piss me off."
😡🎙️ Le coup de gueule de Marion Bartoli suite aux propos de Tsitsipas : "Dès qu'un homme est touché dans son égo de voir qu'il y a moins de personnes pour voir son match que pour un match de filles, ce débat puéril ressort.
The comments Tsitsipas made in Miami
“I don’t want to be controversial or anything.
There is also the topic of equal pay and everything, women getting equal pay for playing best-of-three, then getting equal pay for playing best-of-five. I don’t know. There are also a lot of scientists and statisticians, whatever, out there.
I’ve been told that women have better endurance than men. I don’t know," Tsitsipas said. “Maybe they can also play best-of-five, I guess. For Grand Slams, best-of-five, I like it. On the other side, on the other hand, we would have seen much more variety when it comes to different Grand Slam winners if it was best-of-three, I believe.
I very much believe that the winners of Grand Slams would be very different if the format was best-of-three in men."