Australian tennis legend Rennae Stubbs read French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo's comments regarding the scheduling and it didn't sit well with her. The French Open came scrutiny following their decision to schedule nine men and only one women match for the night session in the opening 10 days.
When Mauresmo was asked about the lack of women matches scheduled for the night session, she stated the men bring more attention. Reacting to her comments, Stubbs explained that Emma Raducanu or Leylah Fernandez weren't big names at the start of the US Open but they turned out to be the story of the tournament.
"Nobody knew who Leylah Fernandez or Emma Raducanu was last year @usopen but because we gave them top billing and LOTS of media attention they were the story of the tournament AND Novak was going for a calendar grand slam!
U have to give them the exposure to make them known!," Rennae Stubbs tweeted.
Nobody knew who Leylah Fernandez or Emma Radacanu was last year @usopen but because we gave them top billing and LOTS of media attention they were the story of the tournament AND Novak was going for a calendar grand slam!
U have to give them the exposure to make them known! — Rennae Stubbs OLY (@rennaestubbs) June 1, 2022
Mauresmo's comments didn't sit well with Stubbs
"In this era we are in right now - and as a woman, a former woman's player, I don't feel bad or unfair saying this - you have more attraction and appeal, in general, for the men's matches," Mauresmo said.
When top-ranked Iga Swiatek was asked about Mauresmo's comments, she called them "disappointing." "Oh, it is a little bit disapppointing and surprising because she was also on the WTA. But, well, the thing is, from my point of view, for every player it's more convenient to play at normal hour, but for sure I want to entertain and I also want to show my best tennis in every match," Swiatek explained, per Musab Abid.
"So for me I'm always focused on the same way when I'm going out, it doesn't matter if it's day session or night sessions. But, yeah, it's a little bit disappointing."