Wimbledon’s recent decision to finally start paying female tennis players the same prize money as their male counterparts is long overdue.Now, it’s time for those more enlightened Grand Slam venues, which already pay out equal prize funds, to go to the next level and recognize women’s tennis for the hot ticket it is by paying female champions more than the men.
But, in my mind, parity isn’t enough. I’ve thought the women’s game has been much more interesting and exciting for years.
In fact, ever since the decline of McEnroe and Connors and the rise of Hingis and Sharapova, women’s tennis has been much more fun to watch. And, it’s not just what you think. Women’s tennis is much more strategic. They have longer volleys and more intense matches. Sure, every now and then, Federer or Nadel will play a truly inspired match, but most of the time the men’s incredible strength and speed add up to tons of aces and rallies that end before they start.
So, here’s a tip of the hat to the gents at the ‘All England Club’ for finally coming to their senses. Now, it’s time for one of the other majors to recognize that the women’s game is the only hot ticket around and award the prize monies accordingly.
Thanks to Moon for the idea.