Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley recently spoke about the importance of gender equality and said that people should take up the sport knowing it’s an equal paying sport. “Today we celebrate International Women’s Day and the incredible gains that have been made by women and for women across the globe,” said Tiley.
He became a part of the Sport Male Champions of Change in 2015 and is regarded as one of the movement’s “most innovative and forward thinking” leaders in sport. “I am proud to lead a sports organisation that champions gender equity across all levels of tennis,” Tiley said. “From prize money and exposure, to leadership, to having more girls playing the sport and female coaches guiding them.
We will keep driving change until there is true balance”. Equal prize money was introduced to the Australian Open in 1984 and Tiley said he looked forward to all sports making this a priority. Tennis Australia recently endorsed the Male Champions of Change ‘Pathway to Pay Equality’ report which outlined “a systemic approach to achieve equal pay for male and female sports stars involving codes, sponsors and governments”.
“It matters a great deal to me personally, and professionally, that people step into tennis knowing they have arrived on an equal playing field,” he added. “We have made great progress, but there is more to be done.
Whatever it takes, we will get there through diligence, self-examination and by creating ever more opportunities across the board in the interests of gender equality”.