Janko Tipsarevic: ‘Equal pay is ridiculous’

Janko Tipsarevic has waded into the equal pay row in tennis by claiming that women should not be rewarded the same prize money as men at Grand Slams.



The debate was recently reignited at Wimbledon when France’s Gilles Simon argued that the men deserved their money due to their popularity and physical endurance.



His comments caused many female players, including Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, to hit back.



World number eight Tipsarevic has now added fuel to the fire by saying that the men’s game is the bigger draw and that the women’s game lacks the quality to warrant equal pay.



“Men’s tennis is currently in the top four in terms of quality and popularity, it’s at its peak, just like golf when Tiger Woods dominated,” the Serbian told Berner Zeitung. “In women’s tennis it’s very different.



“I do not underestimate the achievements of Victoria Azarenka and the others, but their best time is over. That was when the Williams sisters, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin and Amelie Mauresmo were at the top.



“I wouldn’t say a good junior could beat Serena 6-1, 6-2, but it is ridiculous that women get equal prize money at the Grand Slams.”



Tipsarevic is through to the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open in Gstaad, where he will take on Austria’s Martin Fischer.

Read more :
  • Dutch, amateur show up local aces in Palos Verdes
    Dutch Guido Van der Valk humbled the revered men of the tour, including Davao’s top guns, as he turned in a five-under 66 to emerge the surprise solo leader – one shot ahead of amateur LJ G...
  • Baseball Hall of Famer and Cardinals legend Stan Musial dead at 92
    ST. LOUIS - Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial, who used an unorthodox batting style to become one of the sport's greatest hitters in 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, died on ...
  • Chappell falls short after flirting with a 59
    LA QUINTA, California - Unheralded American Kevin Chappell briefly raised hopes of shooting a magical 59 before he signed off with a sizzling 10-under-par 62 in the final round of the Human...
  • Sport England slash tennis funding
    Sport England have reacted to disappointing tennis participation results by cutting funding for the sport by over ?500,000. A Sport England Active People survey revealed that the average n...
  • MALIGNAGGI FACES UNBEATEN BRONER IN BATTLE OF CHAMPS
    NEW YORK: Hometown hero Paulie Malignaggi defends his World Boxing Association welterweight title against unbeaten US compatriot Adrien Broner on Saturday in a showdown of rival champions. ...
  • Bibat fends off rivals, nails maiden win
    Michael Bibat ended a five-year long search for a breakthrough victory, fending off a slew of rivals in a wild, woolly finale to nail the ICTSI Rancho Palos Verdes crown with a two-under 69...
  • Injured Tiger will not defend title at National
    Tiger Woods. AFP Photo BETHESDA, Maryland: World No. 1 Tiger Woods will not defend his title next week at the US PGA National because of a strained left elbow after doctors advised him to ...
  • LOCOG issue statement on tennis tickets
    The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games have released a statement following some fans' anger on day seven of the Olympic tennis event at Wimbledon. Supporters with tickets for...