Organisers of Italian Open and tennis Tours were attacked on social media after it emerged that Rome men’s champion Novak Djokovic was paid 10 euros more than women’s winner Simona Halep.
Novak Djokovic, who beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 for a record 36th ATP Masters 1000 crown, received 205,200 euros for his triumph while Simona Halep won 10 euros less for sealing the WTA Premier 5 title after Karolina Pliskova retired from the final with an injury while training 6-0 2-1.
Even though as tennis’ biggest events the Grand Slams-have parity in prize money for winners, fans vented out their concerns on the matter since Halep’s prize came close to that of Djokovic, somehow fell short.
This matter generated a lot of attention and discussions on social media, with people pointing out the “pathetic” difference.
“People who made a pay gap in cents are misogynists. Period,” one individual said on Twitter.
“I almost feel like – if they so badly need those 10 euros to feel better about their manhood – hell’s bells give it to ’em,” another said.
Organisers of the tournament as well as the men’s ATP Tour and women’s WTA tour took their time to respond to the posts for their comments.
Rafa Nadal took home 958,055 euros yesteryear as the men’s winner in Rome, almost double the amount won by female winner Pliskova.
The coronavirus pandemic caused a financial strain which caused a reduction to the men’s event prize pot to around 3.47 million euros while the women’s fund was party 1.69 million euros.
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