Mauresmo under attack for the few women's matches in the evening session

The director of Roland Garros was accused of giving more importance to men's matches

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Mauresmo under attack for the few women's matches in the evening session
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For Amelie Mauresmo it must have been a very complicated Roland Garros, considering the hail of criticism that hit the tournament board. One of these would concern a delicate issue such as the gender gap. No women's match was included in the eleven evening sessions of the Parisian Fortnight from the first Sunday of the tournament to last Wednesday when the match between Alexander Zverev and Alex de Minaur put an end to the scheduled matches at 8.15pm. Mauresmo, in the usual press conference organized before the men's final,  taled about the issue of the evening session without women's matches.

"For the evening sessions without women's matches we have no constraints. We choose the best match for the evening session and we also think in terms of times, to try to guarantee a minimum number of hours for the spectators. Nothing is set in stone. no pressure from the broadcaster Amazon Prime Video not to play a women's match. Naturally we are not satisfied with what happened in the second men's semi-final, with few people compared to the number of tickets sold actually present in the stands. I have some ideas to solve the problem, but I won't talk about them today. 650 thousand tickets are sold and then the seats remain empty. But we can't force people to stay in their seats, we've noticed that those who buy day tickets don't stay on the pitch for more than eight hours," explained Mauresmo, as reported also by L'Équipe.

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A sobering fact and a trend that the director of the Parisian Slam had already spoken about two years ago, explaining the needs of the various television broadcasters and spectators.

"I would have liked to play the quarterfinals in the evening, not at 11 in the morning. It doesn't make sense to me. Perhaps Roland Garros and the Australian Open are the only Grand Slam tournaments where the quarterfinals are played at this time And ten evening sessions without ever seeing a women's match," explained Ons Jabeur, after being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Coco Gauff. The Tunisian let off steam, showing amazement both at this trend and at the playing times of many women's matches.

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