Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka says there may be little true equality between women and men on the French Open.
The prize cash is equal, however of the primary seven matches scheduled within the high-profile night time session, six have been chosen from the boys’s draw.
“What issues me is when someone from the French Federation is repeatedly making an attempt to say there may be equality and solely pointing to prize cash,” the previous world primary stated, when requested immediately in regards to the scheduling.
“However every little thing else, I would not even agree for a little bit with that. And that is disappointing.”
The French Tennis Federation, the game’s nationwide governing physique, is accountable for organising the French Open.
For the primary time the French Open has launched each day night time periods, which consist of 1 match beginning at 21:00 native time underneath the floodlights on Court docket Philippe Chatrier.
Serena Williams and Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu performed the first-ever night time session match on Monday, however the previous six nights have all featured males.
Ten night time periods have been deliberate, and are being billed because the match of the day.
“I feel there are sufficient examples over time the place we now have heard remarks in direction of ladies, the place we have seen two ladies’s semi-final matches enjoying on the surface courts,” Azarenka continued, in a reference to 2019, when all of the semi-finals needed to be performed on the identical day, and Centre Court docket was reserved for the boys.
“I feel generally you must maintain some individuals accountable for a few of these issues, and never repeatedly level out to the apparent of prize cash.”
She added it “could be already a step ahead” if she have been ever requested to play at night time in future.
Quizzed about this earlier than the French Open received underneath manner, match director Man Overlook refused to decide to an equal variety of ladies’s matches.
“We would like the followers to be glad,” he stated.
“Tennis is a present, and we wish individuals to see a two-hour match if they’ll. Now there can be in all probability instances after we could have nice ladies’s matches, very shut, very tight – and people matches will in all probability must be on the night time session.
“Once we made that decision some time in the past, we thought: Are we going to have night time session with two matches? New York does, and Melbourne does, and I do not know if the French individuals have been prepared to remain till two or three within the morning to observe tennis matches in Paris.”
Azarenka was talking after shedding her fourth-round match to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, and was additionally important of the state of the courts.
“It is a bit irritating each time you are attempting to take care of the organisation right here,” she continued.
“All the pieces you hear is ‘pas potential’. When you’re coming to heat up earlier than the match and the courtroom is totally moist, the place it is form of harmful to maneuver, I simply have a real query: ‘Why can it not be prepared?'”