Tennis News: Andy Murray flip flops on ‘equal pay’ controversy

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Andy Murray (Photo courtesy: johnwnguyen/Wikimedia)

Three years ago, Andy Murray shared his opinion on the tennis controversy pitting men against women players in the sport with the main issue as the equal pay between the two sides. Back then Murray agrees with increasing the paycheck for women but only if they are willing to play best-of-five sets, like the men do in the Grand Slam tournaments.

On Tuesday, Murray was asked again about the “equal pay” suggestion by soe quarters in tennis and this time the Scottish pro said that he is now for a same prize pool for the participants in the men’s and women’s events.

“I think there should be equal pay, 100 percent, especially at all combined events. The timing of it was just so strange. It was right before you had a great women’s final with like 16,000 people sitting in the stadium,” Murray said to the New York Times.

This is different from years ago when he challenged the women players to play five sets if they want equal pay.

“It isn’t about it being inferior. As I see them, they’re two different sports. It’s not like the 100 meters at the Olympics, not because they’re not running the same speed as the men. It’s just because we play five sets,” Murray said in 2013. “I think the women should play best-of-five sets. I don’t see why they couldn’t do it.”

The recent tennis controversy was started by Raymond Moore, a tennis official, who said that women’s players are not as popular as the men’s.

“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,” Moore, who immediately resigned after the tennis controversy broke, said over the weekend.

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