The Women's Gland Slam Double Standard

Bermuda BobAnalyst IISeptember 12, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  A ball person holds tennis balls during Day Fourteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The 2011 Women's Grand Slam is over, and it’s time for us to reflect on one of the greatest double standards of modern sport - The fact of Women’s Tennis Tour paying the same Purse as the Men’s Tennis Tour when they do not play the same requisite number of sets to win a Grand Slam Match.

How can this be, you ask, shaking your head.   I have asked this question each and every year, and at each and every Tennis Grand Slam, but never to be adequately answered ... 

Why, I ask, don't the Women play best 3 of 5 Sets like the Men if they want the same money ?  

Women in golf play the same game and same course, just from compensatory distances.   Women in basketball play the same four (4) quarters.   And so on, and so forth.

It's not like we're asking them to compete against the Men, as Women all over the world do daily in their workforce ... 

It is hypocritical to purport that Women playing anything less than 3 of 5 Sets in a Grand Slam is faire, ethical, and just ...

Women in the workforce expect equal pay for equal work.   Women on the Tennis Tour ought to play a Grand Slam type of schedule and play 3 of 5 Sets just like the Men’s Tour.

Add my name to the list of people who find the Women's Tour wonderful to watch, but not really as it ought to be !