French Open match director Amelie Mauresmo has apologised for saying girls’s tennis is just not as interesting as the boys’s recreation, including that her feedback have been taken out of context.
The remarks have been made as eyebrows have been raised about scheduling of matches. One evening match has been on the programme of the claycourt Grand Slam day by day at 2100 native time (1900GMT) from the primary Monday till the quarter-finals.
Nevertheless, 9 out of the ten video games scheduled as an evening session have been males’s matches, elevating questions on how girls have been getting the quick finish of the stick at main tournaments.
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In response to questions on scheduling, Mauresmo stated males’s matches have extra “attraction.”
“To start with the feedback that I made have been taken out of the broader image, out of the context,” former Grand Slam champion Mauresmo instructed Tennis Channel on Thursday.
“And I wish to apologize to the gamers that actually felt dangerous about what I stated.
“Once more, I believe the individuals who know me, who’ve recognized me on and off the court docket, all through my profession, all through every thing that I’ve completed, know that I am a giant fighter for equal rights and ladies’s tennis, girls typically.”
Mauresmo stated that it was troublesome to place solely girls’s gamers on the schedule for spectators with a single ticket for the night solely, including that the match would look into tweaking the format subsequent 12 months.
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“In regards to the scheduling, particularly for the evening matches, my say was that as a result of we now have one match solely, it is actually harder to schedule a girl’s match as a result of we now have to consider the size,” Mauresmo stated.
“It is the truthful factor to do for the ticketholders.
“Subsequent 12 months to be extra truthful to the ladies’s gamers it might be good to possibly have the likelihood to place two matches or possibly a girls’s match plus a doubles match.”