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No. 1 Tennis Player in the World Novak Djokovic says Men Should get Higher Prize Money than Women

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INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 20: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the winner's trophy after defeating Milos Raonic of Canada during the mens final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 20, 2016 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 20: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the winner’s trophy after defeating Milos Raonic of Canada during the mens final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 20, 2016 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The number 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals, Serbian Novak Djokovic said male tennis players should get higher prize money than females because they have more spectators.

After winning his most recent tournament – BNP Paribas Open – pictured above – he said women “fought for what they deserve and they got it”, but claimed prize money should be “fairly distributed” on “who attracts more attention, spectators and who sells more tickets”.

There is equal prize money for men and women in all four majors since 2007, the Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon and combined Masters events such as Indian Wells and Miami pay the same to men and women.

Photo Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images | Source: BBC

17 Comments

  1. ak

    March 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    This man and his big mouth

  2. j'suis belle

    March 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    and to think nigerians are having sleepless nites over this gender equality issue when oyinbo people still haven’t move on,that said am not saying that he is correct as a matter of fact this boy is a mumu.to think that both genders exhauts same energy to get victory,Men are same everywhere

  3. *rme

    March 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Hmmm, I’ve been rereading that statement, searching for where he said men should earn more than women but I can’t seem to find it.
    BN, izz lie you didn’t included it. *rme at your clickbait title

    • Dr. N

      March 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Me too. Confused much

  4. OJ

    March 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    People will come here and call that sexism….hahahaha!! the man has a point period

  5. Kola S

    March 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    It’s an interesting point. The predominantly capitalist system which most of the world has accepted, is built on rewarding people according to the income they bring in. However, it’s quite a touchy subject as women have suffered income inequality for a long time. Sometimes you just have to adjust the principle to correct a historical or natural disadvantage.

    Tennis and maybe athletics are actually some of the more “equal” pay sports. Others like football may never reach that level coz attendance for womens’ games is no where near that for men.

  6. *rme

    March 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Ah ahn BN, did you swallow my comment?

  7. Engoz

    March 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I thought his argument was going to be based on the difference between the number of matches men play vs women. Women have to win 2 sets to win , while men have to play 3 sets to win. So I don’t think prize money should be fairly distributed based on spectator attendance or ticket sales, but on the number of sets that is being played.

  8. swagg1

    March 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    What a DOUCHEBAG and a moronic comment at best.

  9. ElessarisElendil

    March 21, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Quick name the top four female tennis players without googling.

    Now name the top four male tennis players, his points are fair and straight to the point.

    • Her royal awesomeness

      March 22, 2016 at 11:08 am

      I know none…

    • Anon

      March 22, 2016 at 11:59 am

      It keeps changing. I guess Kerber is up there now after she won the Australian Open. Serena and Radwanska have been the only consistent ones at the top of the rankings. Of course, with Sharapova who’s now suspended. Vika must have dropped out.

  10. lami

    March 21, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    See his head, mtcheeeeew.

  11. C'est Moi

    March 21, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I think it’s only fair that male tennis players should get paid more. Their game is more exerting physically as they play best of 5 sets while women play best of 3 and men’s tennis matches attract more spectators hence more revenue. Fair is fair….

  12. Mabel

    March 21, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Who is going to watch tennis to see him though. He acting like it’s the days of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, when tennis pulled big crowds. The only ppl I see bringing in new ppl to the tennis arena are Serena and Venus, nobody ever thanked them for it though.

    • Anon

      March 22, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Speak for yourself if you don’t want to watch him. Tennis is still pulling big crowds. Bigger crowds than the days of Agassi and Sampras. The stats don’t lie. Thanks to Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka, Berdych, Tsonga…
      I know how hard it is for me to get tickets to see their games.

      “The only ppl I see bringing in new ppl to the tennis arena are Serena and Venus” – I call this set of people glory hunters. Once they have retired I wonder if this set of people will continue watching tennis (they probably didn’t watch it before they broke through.) Similar to F1 and Lewis Hamilton.

  13. Oj

    March 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Pple will kill themselves over this talk now. Gender equality, sexism and all forgetting dat in Nigeria we dont hav common water, power and roads (or not so common here) that is meant for all genders.

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