The commentators have talked a bit on "Equal Prize Mone

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  1. Matt H.

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    Earlier last week, Jim Courier noted that the women where under the heat rule, and the men were NOT.

    Tracy Austin just said that women get 2 medical time-outs. John McEnroe then commented asking that "so the women get 2 timeouts in a best of 3, and the men only get 1 in a best of 5?"

    I know this issue has been brought up plenty of times, but these things i was unaware of. It's just becoming more and more ridiculous. McEnroe and Courier have taken a bit of a vocal stand on the issue as well throughout the tournament.
     
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  2. gregraven

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    I've heard that the women also play with a lighter ball than the men, for what that's worth.
     
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    The Aus and the US Open already pay equal prize money to both genders and no men or women tour players in recent memory have refused to enter a slam in protest against the prize money parity or differential.

    I believe Billie-Jean King campaigned for 'more equal' prize money. It has become 'more equal' and the decline in the mainstream popularity of tennis is certainly not a consequence of more equal prize money.
     
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  4. Camilio Pascual

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    Re: The commentators have talked a bit on "Equal Prize

    That IS ridiculous. The ATP needs to wake up and realize that a grueling 5 match set at OZ, for example, can really wear a man down. Why not give them another timeout and let a match continue instead of stopping it due to an extreme weather condition? Or give a guy another chance to work his cramps out?
     
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    This equal prize money thing really has gotten out of hand. It's one thing to recognize the women's game with more money. But it's the height of political correctness to pay women the same money for less work, an inferior product, and less competition. Professional sports do not fall under prop 9. They should make it on their own or not.
     
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    Looking at it from another angle, does top level tennis exact a greater physical toll on mens or womens bodies?
     
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    I'd have to say 5 gruelling sets, is going to exact a greater physical toll than 3.

    You can imagine the argument the women will try to make next, which will be that the men should only play best of 3 sets.

    Was it rafter or on eof the ausies who said, when asked to describe women's tennis:

    "Two sets of rubbish that lasts half an hour".
     
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  8. theprophe

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    First of all, it doesn't matter who plays longer, harder,faster, the point of the matter is the money is where the entertainment is. You don't see triathletes complaing that tennis or golf players make alot more for less demanding work. The money is dictated mostly by demand, if more people want to watch womens tennis (tickets sales,tv,corporate sponsership) then they should get paid more, irregrardless of the amount of sets or quality, and that im afraid is the bottom line.
     
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    Sad but true. The fact that women's tennis has good attendance figures is mostly due to the iased media coverage which will hype and highlight women's matches (thank you Espn!), particularly American players.

    Tennis-wise, the WTA is a joke compared to the ATP. While things have started changing recently, the women have nowhere near the depth of the mens filed, where anyone in the top 500 has a legitimate chance of beating even the no.1 in a slam. Whereas for the women, upselts are few and far between and in most cases, the top 20 seeds have routine matches till the later stages.

    If the general public was given an educated, fair and balanced view of the tennis world, things would be much better. Instead we have tennis popularity being determined by hideous fashion statements of Serena Williams and the antics of Mattress Mack.
     
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  10. Type40

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    So now you're arguing that they should be paid more, not equally.
    Anyone who prefers to watch women's tennis to men's has no appreciation for tennis, and probably just enjoys loking a tgirls jumping around in short skirts. Nothing wrong with that but you may as well just watch an adult channel instead.

    Come to that, why not start a naked women's tennis tournament, I'm sure that would push ratings and corporate sponsorship through the roof.
     
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    I didn't say i prefer to watch women's tennis, im just stating how athleticism and skill have nothing to do with how much an athlete earns, Professional sports is about entertainment. And no you can't go to extremes, as girls playing in bikini's, because all that will do is alienate companines, tv, and women viewers
     
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    It may alienate corporate puritans, but i guarantee you it would not alientate TV audiences. Entertainment... I thought it was a sport. I think those who get more entertainment from watching maria sharapova and anna kournikova, than they do watching federer play hewitt or hass should question their motives.
     
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    If this is the case, then women's tennis owes men's tennis a large sum of money for all the years that the men's tour carried them at Grand Slams. Further, I think the men's tour still outdraws the women's and produces a better quality product from top to bottom. Fact is, women don't earn their money the way the men do. Hell, Sargasian spent more time on court through 3 matches than the women's winner will do through 7.
     
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    If the men played best of 3, there would be MUCH less tennis to watch at the Slams.
     
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