Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Venus, if you want to be equal, just have the operation...

It is not as if she can't afford it.

The woman that plays like a man, Venus Williams, is stirring up some crap about getting paid the same as men for winning Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Wimbledon is the last Grand Slam that has refused to change their prizemoney structure in order to pay the men and women equal amounts.

LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Venus Williams believes women's tennis is winning its battle for equal prize money at grand slam tournaments.

The WTA Tour has mounted a concerted campaign to force grand slam organisers to address the issue and Wimbledon is now the only one of the four major tournaments to give the women's champion less than the men's champion.

"We're really willing to keep working hard toward the goal," Williams told a news conference at the All England Club on Sunday. "This has been our most productive year as far as really getting the message out there, really being proactive.

"We need people to recognize something that, in this modern age and especially at a tournament like this, should really not be in existence.

"A lot of people really, really understand what we're talking about."

Getting paid equally for doing the same thing is all fine in my books, but the fact remains that women's tennis is not the same game played by the men. Like golf, when women play the game under the same rules as the men do, then they should receive equal pay. Martina Navratilova (has she had the operation yet?) is another one chasing the equality issue and she doesn't want to even consider playing to the same rules:
Martina Navratilova, one of the leading campaigners on the issue, has suggested women players would be happy to play best-of-five-set matches like the men but Venus said that was not the right approach.

"My reaction to that is that's really not the platform that the women stand on. We don't really want to get into a discussion on number of sets played and things like that.

"What we feel is that we're equal as human beings, so we would like to be treated equally."

So, let me get this straight, you want to equal pay for the women, yet not put the same amount of effort or work into earning that money. Sounds a lot like equality to me. Do they realise what they are doing to the efforts of women's equality? This is just straight out charity, just because someone is a woman.

I think I'll leave the final words to Roger Federer:
When asked about equal prize money, men's defending champion Roger Federer wondered what all the fuss was about.

"There is a difference?" the Swiss asked. "A small one. I don't think as players, we pay too much attention if now it's 20,000 pounds difference if you win the title.

"If you make 420,000 or 400, I don't think it really makes a lot of difference for us. It's a lot of money.

"Look, equal prize money or not, for me it doesn't matter."

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