Women are worthy enough to get equal pay at Wimbledon

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French player Gillies Simon caused controversy in the world of tennis by claiming that women do not deserve to be paid as much as men because the men’s game is deemed “more attractive”.

He added that it’s about the entertainment as well as stating that men’s tennis is actually more “interesting” than women’s.

I believe that Simon’s claims demonstrate how sexism is still an issue in sport. A man cannot be paid more because he is seen as a greater interest. If that is a reason behind any pay, then it is wrong.

Wimbledon has awarded equal prize money since 2007: Singles winners win £1.15 million; Doubles winners get £260,000 for the pair; and mixed doubles earn £92,000 for the pair.

Giving the same amount of prize money is the correct thing to do in my opinion: female tennis players train and work equally as hard as male players do.

However, I can understand why some people are arguing men should receive greater pay because of their task to compete to the best of five sets, whereas a women has to play best to three.

But surely we’re all about equality here? We are in the 21st century, not the 20th. Being a women should not be a reason as to why pay should be less. That is unfair and sexist.

Yes, I understand why many depict men’s tennis as more interesting: the ‘Top Four’ create headlines worldwide because of their rivalry and always seem to cause the biggest shocks and upsets within the sport.

But women’s tennis is as interesting. I agree, there is not a rivalry between female players similar  with the likes of Nadal and Murray. But why should Simon use that as the reason as to why women shouldn’t receive equal pay.

Female players have fought long and hard to get equal prize money, so why are many people claiming the opposite to what they campaigned for?

My message to the critics is this: Stop making gender the issue. Tennis players, both male and female, work hard and put equal time and effort into their training. It is not about the entertainment as Gilles Simon believes. It is about the players’ ability to perform as athletes and achieve sporting goals for themselves and their countries.

 

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ReadyAimFire
ReadyAimFire

The women don't deserve to be paid as much as the men do. The men play best of 5 sets compared to the women playing best of 3. Gender isn't the issue here, it's as simple as that. "female tennis players train and work equally as hard as male players do." This may be true. However, it is largely irrelevant. If two shoemakers work at the same company, but one shoemaker works for 10 hours whereas the other works for 5 hours, who should get paid more? They may put in the same effort and dedication to their job, but at the end of the day, the shoemaker who works for twice as long should get paid twice as much. By your logic, they should be paid equally because they both work as hard as they can. Secondly, men's tennis generates a lot more revenue for television companies. Extending the analogy of the shoemakers, imagine if both work for 10 hours but one shoemaker produces 20 shoes whereas the other produces 10. Again, who should be paid more? By your logic, both should be paid the same amount. "Being a women should not be a reason as to why pay should be less. That is unfair and sexist." You're exactly right. In the 21st century, gender equality is absolutely necessary in every aspect of life. However, I'm not saying they should be paid differently because of their gender. Women should be paid less than men because at the end of the day, they work less hours and produce less money for television companies. It has nothing to do with how hard they work.