World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova says she does not need equal prize money but thinks it is super weak of the men who complain about the same, while speaking to the PA news agency.
Karolina Pliskova says she supports the merger of WTA ATP merger
Speaking about a possible merger between the ATP & WTA tours and whether it should lead to equal pay, Pliskova says, "I don’t think so and I am not the one who wants it.
But I don’t like the men who are complaining that we would get the same money. I think it is super weak from them that they complain we have the same money as them. The only time it is true is at grand slams. I understand they play longer, but they are men.
They are stronger than us. I don’t see the reason why we should compare each other. I don’t need to have the same prize money as men. But to have the same chance to play on centre court or to have the same chance to be on TV, that should be possible with these changes”.
The former World No. 1 says she would support the idea of a merger between the two tours. “I think for the women’s tour it can only help. I don’t know exactly what they are discussing but if there is any chance to say yes, then I would say yes.
It needs to be positive also for the ATP so they need to find a balance so it is a forward step for both. It might take a couple of years to get going. It will be different, but I don’t think for the players it would change that much.
It would be a good step”. Karolina Pliskova is set to return to action in the LiveScore Cup next week, a behind-closed-doors round-robin tournament in Prague. Other players who are expected to compete in the event are twin sister Kristyna, Marketa Vondrousova, Karolina Muchova, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Barbora Strycova.