Novak Djokovic has question whether female tennis players deserve the same amount of prize money as their male counterparts.
The sport’s world number one player, and 11-time major winner, claimed after winning the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells that the men’s side of the tour should “fight for more”, according to the BBC.
The Serbian was reacting to comments made by Indian Wells tournament CEO Raymond Moore, who had claimed last week that women “ride on the coattails of men” and added that female competitors should “get down on their hands and knees” and be thankful that players like Djokovic and Roger Federer exist.
Moore’s general point was that because male players attract more viewers and spectators, they should earn more money. And whilst Djokovic called his comments “not politically correct”, he does seem to find common ground with some of the sentiments.
Speaking via The Guardian, Djokovic said: “They fought for what they deserve and they got it. On the other hand I think that our men’s tennis world, ATP world, should fight for more because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches.
“I think that’s one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more. Women should fight for what they think they deserve and we should fight for what we think we deserve.
There has been equal prize money in all four majors – the Australian Open, US Open, French Open and Wimbledon – since 2007, and combined Masters events such as Indian Wells and Miami pay the same to men and women.
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