Gender inequality in the Australian Open tennis tournament

The schedule in the Australian Open 2020 clearly shows that the male players are favored over their female colleagues.

Prior to the first Grand Slam of the year, Maria Sharapova criticized the organization of Brisbane International – the WTA Premier from January 6 to January 12 – treating women’s competition as a class tournament.

All the main courts are given absolute priority for the male players playing the ATP Cup in the first season. And the female tennis players have to drift to the outside courts, including Ashleigh Barty – the Australian home tennis player who holds the number one spot in the world.

Brisbane International is considered the warm-up tournament for players attending the Australian Open. But despite Sharapova’s rich voice at the WTA Premier, the discrimination between men and women while scheduling schedules still exists when the Australian Open 2020 starts. The male players are always scheduled to play at night with cool weather.

Excluding the women’s singles final on Saturday night, there will not be any more women’s matches on the evening at Rod Laver Arena in the second week of the Australian Open this year.

In fact, on January 29, two female players appeared on the main court at 19h, in the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles, with female faces Astra Sharma and Iga Swiate. But that was when the Australian Open nearly ended its profits.

Even the decision to place two men’s singles semi-finals on two days still seems very difficult. And the best way is to push up the two women’s singles semi-finals early, held at noon. Simona Halep and Gabrine Muguruza, therefore, had to play in the Rod Laver Arena playing under the heat of nearly 40 degrees C.

Some rows of seats in the bleachers were empty. The harsh weather makes the audience unbearable, even though the ground is taking place an exciting, dramatic and dramatic confrontation between the two Grand Slam champions.

Surely the best solution in this situation would be to consult with both players whether the roof can be closed. Because if closed tomorrow, fans will be able to watch the match in cool, more comfortable conditions. But the organizers didn’t do that.

In the women’s singles final, Sofia Kenin defeated the world’s number one player and host Ashleigh Barty in a similar condition, for the first time at a Grand Slam.

Women’s tennis has always led in the search for fair treatment of male colleagues in sports. But in the recent Australian Open, discrimination appears to be more pronounced.