Amelie Mauresmo, the 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 currently has fewer. “appeal.”
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 Mauresmo, 42, from France.
Iga Swiatek, currently ranked No. 1, said after her quarter-final win in Paris on Wednesday that she found Mauresmo’s comments “a little 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 33 consecutive matches?. “And some might say that it is unpredictable and girls are not consistent. But on the other hand, it could also be something really attractive and might attract more people.”
Women’s Swiatek won on Wednesday, 11th seed Jessica Pegula, deeming Mauresmo’s stance “not something you want to hear” and noting that the best way to increase interest in any sport is to “get chances” to show how good the product is.
“Of course, it’s always a little disappointing to hear that’s why she thinks, being a female…a slam champion,” said Pegula, a New Yorker whose parents own the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabers. “But hopefully we can change that.”
She has also offered in defense of her sport, which currently lacks the strength of 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, Who has not competed since his injury at Wimbledon Almost a year ago.
“For me, I feel like a lot of people like to watch women’s tennis because we don’t have a big serve. We don’t excel. There are not a lot of super fast points and there are more rallies,” Pegula said. There is more drama.”
This year’s French Open started on May 22 and will end on Sunday. The last of the night’s 10 sessions was Wednesday’s men’s quarter-final between Casper Ruud and Holger Ron, and the only women’s match to receive 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 this decision-making process, Mauresmo said in French that having only one match per night session makes it “harder to get” a women’s match. The night sessions at the US Open, for example, usually include one women’s game and one men’s game.
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“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.”
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.
A Mauresmo session was held with reporters in the morning after he won the French Open 13 times Rafael Nadal wins 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the quarter-finals against defending champion Novak Djokovic at a Tuesday evening session. The match lasted 4 hours and 12 minutes and ended just after 1 a.m., 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 going forward,” 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 Than they have a way to go home, as they should.”
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 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) during the quarter-finals.
When asked by Mauresmo about it, he shrugged off 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.
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