French Open: Victoria Azarenka bemoans a scarcity of equality in scheduling at Roland Garros

Two-time Grand Slam champion Azarenka highlighted a scarcity of equality in scheduling on the French Open, with six of the primary seven marquee night time periods headlined by matches from the lads’s draw

Final Up to date: 07/06/21 6:54am

The 2-time Grand Slam champion hit out at French Open organisers following her last-16 exit

Former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka has criticised a scarcity of gender equality within the scheduling¬†at this 12 months’s French Open, following her fourth-round exit at Roland Garros.

Though there isn’t any disparity in prize cash between the women and men in Paris, six of the primary seven matches scheduled for the marquee night time periods have been chosen from the lads’s draw.

“What issues me is when someone from the French federation is repeatedly making an attempt to say that there is equality and solely pointing to prize cash, which is true,” Azarenka advised reporters.

Azarenka was beaten in three sets by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the last 16 at Roland Garros

Azarenka was crushed in three units by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova within the final 16 at Roland Garros

“All the things else, I would not even agree for a bit of with that, and that’s disappointing,” added the two-time Grand Slam champion.

The French Open have launched every day night time periods at Roland Garros for the primary time within the event’s historical past, and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams took on Irina-Camelia Begu within the very first night conflict final Monday.

The final six nights have been headlined by matches from the lads’s draw – a run that shall be halted on Monday, when defending champion Iga Swiatek continues her title defence in opposition to 18-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk.

However, Azarenka referenced the 2019 event as an instance her grievances, when Courtroom Philippe Chatrier was reserved solely for the lads, regardless of all of the semi-finals being performed on the identical day.

“I feel there may be sufficient examples through the years the place we have heard remarks in direction of ladies, the place we have seen two ladies’s semi-final matches enjoying on the skin courts.

“It is simply truthfully a bit irritating each time you are making an attempt to cope with the organisation right here, it is changing into ‘pas potential’. All the things you hear is ‘pas potential’.”

Azarenka on the French Tennis Federation…

“I feel generally you have to maintain some individuals accountable for a few of these issues and never repeatedly level to the plain of prize cash.”

When requested how she would react to enjoying a match in an empty area, the 31-year-old continued: “I’ll reply that every time I shall be requested if I want to play an evening session or not. Actually, that may be already a step ahead.”

The French Tennis Federation is liable for organising the French Open, and Azarenka believes that issues are sometimes made ‘too sophisticated’ at Roland Garros.

“It has nothing to do with at this time’s match,” added the Belarusian, talking after her last-16 defeat to thirty first seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Serena Williams prevailed in the first evening match at Roland Garros last Monday

Serena Williams prevailed within the first night match at Roland Garros final Monday

The 2-time Australian Open winner was bidding to achieve the quarter-finals on the Parisian clay for the primary time since 2013, solely to give up a one-set lead in opposition to the resurgent Russian.

“It is simply truthfully a bit irritating each time you are making an attempt to cope with the organisation right here, it is changing into ‘pas potential’. All the things you hear is ‘pas potential’.

“It has nothing to do with the result at this time or the opposite day. If you’re coming to heat up earlier than the match, the court docket is totally moist the place it is form of harmful to maneuver.

“I simply have a real query, Why? Why can it not be prepared when individuals know someone is coming to practise, gamers are going to heat up? I do not perceive why easy issues like this aren’t in place.”

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) and the ladies’s WTA Tour didn’t reply to a request for remark.

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