Tennis pioneer Billy Jean-King on Saturday claimed in a French Open scheduling row that female players were being treated like “second class citizens”.
Organizers of Roland Garros have been in the spotlight for putting up nine men’s matches in 10 night sessions this year.
Tournament director Emily Mauresmo said the men’s matches were more exciting, with comments from which she eventually made a comeback.
U.S.A. founder of WTA and advocate for women’s rights Legend King said, “You have to put it when you have prime time, and you have to decide that and you want to give both races an equal chance.”
“They should have the same number of women’s matches as men. Real easy. Right now we are playing two out of three sets. I think men should change that.
“If we treat ourselves like second-class citizens, we will be second-class citizens. You want to make everyone feel important. We should have more matches, but I think Emily will take care of it next year. Knowing her, she is the winner. “
King, speaking 50 years after her French Open win allowed her to complete a career Grand Slam, said the key to a better schedule is for men to play in the best-three sets in Slam instead of the best-of-five.
“I have always said that we should play two out of three sets. As the players get older, I want them to be able to play, “said American.
“Nadal is one – do you want to stop him? I never want him to stop. He makes such a follow in our game. I want to make it possible for him to win. I think three out of five, you can lose by attrition. If you are big, it is more difficult. I am bigger in quality than quantity.