ATP players who complain about equal pay are 'weak', says Pliskova

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30/05/2020 at 13:27 | Updated 30/05/2020 at 14:59

Karolina Pliskova has voiced her indifference to the debate over equal pay in tennis but believes men who complain about gender equality are "weak".

With the sport suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Roger Federer has sparked a debate about a potential merger of the ATP and the WTA, the governing bodies for men's and women's tennis respectively.

Pliskova believes that merging the two tours should bring equal opportunity with regard to exposure on television and a chance to play on show courts but remains unfazed about the prize pot, though voicing her distaste for men who complain about financial parity.

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"I don’t like the men who are complaining that we would get the same money," she is quoted as saying by the Independent.

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"I think it is super weak from them that they complain we have the same money as them.

“The only time it is true is at grand slams. I understand they play longer, but they are men. They are stronger than us. I don’t see the reason why we should compare each other.

“I don’t need to have the same prize money as men. But to have the same chance to play on centre court or to have the same chance to be on TV, that should be possible with these changes.”

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