Until recently, Rafael Nadal had never been asked about his thoughts on equal prize money for men and women on the tennis circuit. The Italian magazine Io Donna asked him this question at the French Open and Nadal surprisingly gave this answer: he thinks that it's right that men earn more in some events.
'It’s a comparison we shouldn’t even make. Female models earn more than male models and nobody says anything. Why? Because they have a larger following. In tennis too, who gathers a larger audience earns more,' Nadal said.
About monetary matters, he said, 'I am serene. I live well, but I am not capricious. I prefer to invest in social projects like my foundation that takes care of childhood and academy, where new talent can grow up. And then there a lot of private projects.' When asked what gift he had given to himself, he said, 'At 18 years of age, my sponsor was the car maker Kia! As soon as I could, I bought a boat: I live in Manacor, the island where I was born, being at sea makes me calm.
I like sleeping on the boat and go fishing.' Nadal's comments on prize money brought out quick reactions from other players, both men and women. American player Nicole Gibbs tweeted, 'Once again. I will take this opportunity.
To say that women. Do NOT. Make equal prize money in tennis. Nadal of all people knows this. Equal prize money at top events is symbolic and progressive, but for the remainder of tour events, market demand determines prize money.' Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky said, 'If I may, I think that has a lot to do with your (prize money) breakdown on your events it’s not my field but @ATPWorldTour (prize money) is always 90% more than (the) previous round.'
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If I may, I think that has a lot to do with your PM breakdown on your events ...