First female French Open manager says women's tennis is less attractive than men's |  CBC Sports

First female French Open manager says women’s tennis is less attractive than men’s | CBC Sports

Amelie Mauresmo, a former No. 1 player who is in her first year as the first female French Open manager, said on Wednesday that nine of the 10 night sessions at Roland Garros included men’s matches because women’s tennis is currently less “attractive”.

Speaking at the traditional week two press conference summarizing the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, Mauresmo said she tried every day to find a star power female duo or a match worthy of being highlighted in the separate session that began at 8:45 p.m. The District Court in Philippe Chatrier.

“I admit it was difficult,” said 42-year-old Mauresmo from France.

Iga Swiatek, currently ranked number one, said after her quarter-final win in Paris on Wednesday that she found Mauresmo’s comments “a bit disappointing and surprising”.

“It’s kind of a personal opinion of everyone if they like men’s tennis or women’s tennis more or if they like them equally, but I think women’s tennis has a lot of advantages,” said Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, who won it. 33 games in a row. “And some might say it’s unpredictable and girls are inconsistent. But on the other hand, it might also be something really attractive and might attract more people.”

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This year’s French Open started on May 22 and will end on Sunday. The last of the night’s 10 sessions were scheduled for Wednesday, and the only women’s match to get the prime-time treatment – part of a deal with the streaming service – was France’s Alize Cornet’s victory over Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.

Asked about the decision-making process, Mauresmo said in French that having only one match per night session makes it “more difficult to get it” to be a women’s match. The night sessions at the US Open, for example, usually include one women’s game and one men’s game.

“In the age we’re in now, I don’t feel — and as a woman, a former women’s player, I don’t feel bad or unfair for saying that, now — you have more… attractiveness,” Mauresmo said. “This is the general [reason] for men’s matches.

She added, “My goal, when I was doing the schedule every day, was to try and see, from the first round, when the lottery came out…” Which women’s lottery match could I put there? ” Quite frankly.”

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Mauresmo topped the WTA rankings for the first time in 2004 and returned to this place after winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006.

Her last major tournament was the 2009 US Open. After retiring as a player, Mauresmo moved into coaching and worked with Andy Murray, Lucas Puel and Marion Bartoli, among others, and was France captain for the team competition now called the Billie Jean King Cup.

Late matches end after public transport shutdown

And Mauresmo’s session with reporters was held this morning after Rafael Nadal, the 13-time French Open champion, won 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the quarter-finals against defending champion Novak Djokovic in Tuesday evening’s session. The match lasted 4 hours 12 minutes and ended just after 1 am, leaving some of the 15,000 or so spectators unable to use public transportation to get home.

“This is actually a major issue that needs to be resolved and it will be one of our priorities in the future,” Mauresmo said. “We haven’t planned anything yet, but obviously we need to organize ourselves differently with the Transport Ministry in Paris with bus systems and the subway system. If we continue these night sessions in this direction, people will need to leave the stadium late enough and make sure that They have a way to go home, as they should.”

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Nadal, through the media, and his manager Carlos Costa, directly with Mauresmo, explained that the owner of 21 Grand Slam titles prefers not to play at night, because of the way low temperatures affect his shots. It dropped below 15 degrees Celsius during the quarter-finals.

When asked about it, Mauresmo sidestepped the question and replied, “Rafa has shown us how strong he is as a hero, apart from all these considerations.”

Mauresmo said a full review of the entire tournament will be conducted after its conclusion, including consideration of changes to the night sessions and other scheduling issues.

2022-06-01 16:43:50

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