Thursday, February 22, 2007

Wimbledon Does Women Right, Finally

After 123 years of play, the powers that be at Wimbledon have finally agreed that women deserve pay that is equal to that of their male counterparts: Starting with the 2007 event, female and male competitors receive equal payment at every stage of the tourney. This brings Wimbledon on par with both the US Open and the Australian, which have been matching dollars for a few years now. Of the Grand Slam titles, now only the French Open remains somewhat in dark ages: they match money at the championship level, but tilt the playing field in favor of the men throughout the rest of the tournament. I wonder if this new development means Amelie Mauresmo can sue retroactively for the $600,000 difference between her winnings at Wimbledon last year and co-champion Roger Federer's??

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