Through his Twitter account the Austrian player Julien Knowle claimed that Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer should have earned more than Simona Halep and Serena Williams did in the Wimbledon semifinals. Reflecting on it in an interview to TennisNet, Knowle said: "I know it's a very serious topic.
I do not want to offend anyone. The market makes the price. Just compare the tickets prices between women's and men's finals. You can immediately say what product sells better. Everyone should make an idea of itself. The three greatest players ever are competing in the same era.
They are gold for tennis. Men's final was amazing. Hopefully they play for 25 more years. Also the semifinal between Federer and Nadal was unbelievable. That's why people are passionate." On his favorite memories about the Kitzbuhel Open, Knowle added: "When I was 18 years old I made my debut on the Central Court and I wasted six match points.
A sad moment. 20 years after, I made a friendship with loss. In 2012 I got the doubles title after saving a couple of match points with Farantisek Cermak. In the prize ceremony, my little daughter was there. In Vienna I lost five finals so that's why the win in Kitz was pleasant."
On his passion for AC Milan, Knowle added: "I hate when I look at the other side of Milan. With Antonio Conte as a coach, I appreciate Inter a lot. Milan was excluded from the Europe League. It was a good move not to appeal, because they stay active in the transfermarket.
I am not convinced of the new players yet, but the chiefs are knowing better than anyone what they are doing. It does not matter who plays. Hopefully Milan reaches the Champions League again."