Francesca Schiavone became the queen of Paris and she raised the historic Roland Garros trophy to the sky in June 2010. The Italian was the first player in history of his country to win a Grand Slam tournament and undoubtedly her success has contributed to the growth of the blue women's movement over the years.
No one better than her can therefore have a precise idea of what are the differences between men's and women's tennis both from the point of view of quality and from the economic one.
Schiavone on the differences between men's and women's tennis
"Today, in tennis, the gap between the remuneration of men and women is enormous," said Schiavone in an interview to L’Espresso, an Italian magazine.
She then added: "The more strength there is, the more money there is. Therefore the possibility of growing, of investing in a team, in a coach, in a physiotherapist. Unity is strength. You cannot ask a woman to perform a service at 220 kilometers per hour, like a man does.
And, conversely, you can't ask a man to dribble to give more show, because everyone has their own qualities. We combine these two things: our ability to generate advertising, because women are very popular on TV and on the web, and the skills of men.
Women's play is much better looking and this is an advertising magnet. The struggle between us athletes is a struggle between characters, it is not a relationship of strength. Women use the corners of the pitch because to take stock they have to find an intelligent, harmonious solution.
The sponsors are also attracted to the female world, by their mental and character component. Women are much more communicative and strong, from many points of view." On her battle against cancer, Francesca said: "Then one day I discovered this lymph node in my neck and I went to the doctor, discovering this disease.
When they tell you, the world collapses on you, it's all uncertain and dark, you think of having lost everything. I feel I can say three things to those in this situation: the first is to surround yourself with people who love you, the second is that we are stronger than we believe; when we think we can't do it, we always have those five minutes or that extra ball to play, that possibility that we don't even think about.
Last thing: find something that motivates you, that stimulates you to get up every day to fight. It was the toughest fight I've ever faced, and the best part is that I managed to win this fight. When they told me a few days ago I exploded with happiness.
Now I am ready to take on new projects. With my partner we looked for a little place in Milan and now, after having found a place, we have turned it into a small bistro. This gave me a lot of energy and motivation."