” In our time, and as a woman, also as a former player, I don’t feel bad or I don’t feel unfair to say that there is currently more attraction for men’s parties.. “Justifying on Wednesday the inequality between girls and boys in the programming options of the ten night games (9 men’s games, 1 women’s only), Amélie Mauresmo, director of Roland-Garros, has at least had the merit of stating a truth that many people think for themselves. And although Iga Swiatekthe world nº1 he faces Cori Gauff Today in the final of Roland-Garros, deeply sorry for these statements, it is difficult not to go in the same direction as the former French player.
For the past few years, women’s tennis has lacked clarity, mainly because it does not have or no longer has leaders capable of being permanently at the forefront of the bill. ” I don’t like to talk about stars but I’m sure there are fewer figures we can identify for, I find that a bit lackingrecognizes Justine Hénin, four titles at Roland Garros. I’m talking about the players who dominated and were able to win every week and be there in the big games. Today we see players who can play very well and then we don’t see them for weeks. »
Since 2015, the year of the reign of Serena Williams who had won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, only Naomi Osaka managed to win two major in a row (US Open 2018, Australian Open 2019). The Japanese woman seemed to be consolidating herself as a safe bet, but she was overcome by a depression and since then she has not reached the second week of adulthood, not even grabbing the exit door. of the first round this year in Paris.
More opportunities for everyone
Women’s tennis also suffers from a comparison with boys and the four monsters that are – or were – Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray. Since 2006, they have simply missed 9 of the 64 Grand Slams, and 10 of the last 12 have been for Christmas (36) or Djokovic (35). A crazy statistic that illustrates a lasting ability that girls no longer have. During the same period, there were 8 different winners for girls: Osaka (3), Barty (3), Halep, Andreescu, Kenin, Swiatek, Raducanu, Krejcikova. ” There are fewer level differences, it is more homogeneousthe Belgian continues. And then history has shown that girls realize opportunities: because some have won out of nothing, they are called
“Why not me?”
There are features to play every week, everything is made possible, this is very positive, but the disadvantage of this homogeneity is that it is more difficult to identify the audience. It’s hard, you have to be lucid. »
The future will tell if Iga Swiatek will open a new era or if she will end up like others falling into oblivion. At 21, the Pole has a chance to add a second Grand Slam to her trophy cabinet.
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