Marion Bartoli has said that the women should also get the same prizing sum that the men get in the game of tennis.
As far as the Grand Slams are concerned, there is no difference in the prizing sum of the men and the women. The winners and the runners-up from both the categories get the same amount of money, but, it’s not the case in the other competitions.
Some critics believe equal prizing sum for all would not be fair to the men because they have to play 5 setters instead of women who always play only 3 setters. If the women have to get as much as the men get, they should also be asked to play 5 setters.
Bartoli, however, doesn’t like that idea. She reckons that a female’s body is not built to take the toll of 5 sets. She, in fact, wants a reduction in the no. of sets in male’s category.
According to Bartoli, playing 5 sets regularly is one of the main reasons why some of the male tennis stars are getting injured quite regularly.
Yesterday, Bartoli was quoted as saying, “Look at somebody like Rafa or even Andy for that matter. These guys have had frequent injuries and it gives you a feeling that playing tennis at professional level is extremely tough.”
“Playing a 5 setter in the title round is fine, but, in the entire competition, it’s pretty tough on the body.”
“So, rather than increasing the no. of sets for women, I think it should be the other way around. There should be a reduction in the no. of sets for men.”
Bartoli was delivering a speech in an event in London where Andy Murray’s mother Judy Murray was also present.
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Boris Becker, who himself is considered as a legend, has said that the game of tennis has not seen a better player than Roger Federer till date.
Federer lost yet another final last week when Novak Djokovic of Serbia got better of him at All England Club in 5 sets.
Becker was present during that match as Djokovic’s coach and he was pretty impressed with the way Federer kept fighting and took it down to the wire despite not being in the best of rhythms that day.
Speaking in one of his recent interviews about that match, the former German player said, “Well, as far as I am concerned, I am yet to see a better player than Roger and I don’t think anybody else would have seen a better player than him because he’s the best till date. I admire and salute the man not only for his skills, but, his temperament as well.”
“Clearly, he was not having the greatest of days against Novak, but, his fighting spirit was phenomenal and that’s what the players coming through can learn from him. He is a fierce competitor who never gives up.”
When asked about Federer’s failure to secure victories in the title round of the tournaments of late, Becker said, “I don’t think that’s a concern for him. He doesn’t need to prove anything to the world now. He has won almost each and every trophy that a player can dream of. Not winning another one is not going to have any effect on his greatness.”
Federer has won the Grand Slam trophies more number of times than any other male tennis player so far. He has won 17 Grand Slams, 3 more than what Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras have won.