Novak Djokovic respects what the players in women’s tennis want with regards to their salary but stated that men should still be paid more compared to their counterparts. The world No. 1 has since been criticized as the Serbian was expected to side with Serena Williams, who recently blasted a tennis official for alleged sexist comments.
“Obviously it’s a very delicate situation. Women deserve respect and admiration for what they are doing. You know, equal prize money was the main subject of the tennis world in the last seven, eight years,” Djokovic said to The Guardian.
“I have been through that process as well so I understand how much power and energy WTA and all the advocates for equal prize money have invested in order to reach that.”
However, Djokovic also implied that men should earn more compared to their women counterparts in tennis. Djokovic has been criticized my some media outlets for his stance.
“On the other hand I think that our men’s tennis world, ATP world, should fight for more because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches,” Djokovic added.
“I think that’s one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more. Women should fight for what they think they deserve and we should fight for what we think we deserve.”
Raymond Moore, the Chief Executive Officer of Indian Wells Tennis Garden made the controversial statement earlier in the week, which put the women’s players in bad light.
“If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born because they have carried this sport. They really have,” Moore said opening the latest controversy in tennis.
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