Tennis fans know Donna Vekic for her on court performances - she achieved her best season in 2019 breaking into the Top 20 and reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open. But not many know that she is also on the WTA Player Council - along with Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Aleksandra Krunic, Gabriela Dabrowski, Johanna Konta , Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Kristie Ahn.
Speaking to the Brisbane Times, Vekic says the group meet regularly to discuss issues that they would like to change in the women's game. "There's a lot. We have equal prize money at the grand slams but we are so far away from equal prize money at the other tournaments.
It is not just that, for example last week in Adelaide our tournament was a premier levels and the guys was an ATP 250. On some days the guys had more matches on centre court. In Brisbane there was a whole lot of talk about girls not being on centre court before Thursday.
We had No.1, No.2 [players playing] ... it was crazy it was one of the strongest tournaments of the year and we don't get to play on centre court. It's definitely a little bit disappointing because, OK Novak [Djokovic] was there, they have amazing players but they could have scheduled it better.
Maybe one session of ATP Cup and two women's matches, for sure they want to see Ash Barty on centre court." Vekic also says that she would like the men and the women to all work together and support each other. "Some do their own thing and that's fine, it is very time consuming [WTA Players Council work] ...
everyone is saying we should get a union but we are so far away from that I think. Not just girls, guys as well. We should try to be a little bit more together." The Croatian plays former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the first round in Melbourne on Tuesday and will be hoping to reach the third round in Melbourne for the first time in her career.