the wimbledon pay debate

wimbledon 2006 champions

As frivolous as the Corned Beef Hash beat seems to be, there are times when we have to address major issues in the tennis world. Two weeks ago, The All-Englad Lawn and Tennis Association finally caved to years of pressure and established an equal pay scale for all the male and female players who participate at Wimbledon.

Of the four Grand Slams, only Roland Garros differs. While they offer the same prize money to both men and women’s winners, men still receive higher pay for winning the earlier rounds.

The women, and most of the men, were ecstatic: Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Billie Jean King, and John McEnroe all issued statements immediately. And while the ATP soon followed with its own positive statement, its members offered mixed reactions. Both Tommy Haas and Mardy Fish have expressed discontent. [Read more…]