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Battle of the sexes: Exploring the pay gap in tennis

NY Times News Service, DANIEL ISLAND, South Carolina

Venus Williams, who led the push for equal prize money at Wimbledon, among other advocacy for the women’s game, expressed disappointment at the continued resistance to equal pay from her male colleagues.

“I do not think a lot of the women really understood how some of the guys feel,” Williams said. “From all accounts, maybe they feel like they have had something taken away from them. I do not know if I am understanding what they are saying correctly, but that is not the case.”

Nicole Gibbs, a two-time NCAA champion who majored in economics at Stanford University, has been among the most outspoken defenders of equal pay, despite contending that such debates are “a little bit tired.”

Unlike Djokovic and Stakhovsky, Gibbs said metrics like attendance for men’s and women’s matches should not factor into decisions on compensation.

“I think the point is giving a nod to equality, showing that we are going to be on the forefront of progress, rather than on the back end,” she said. “It is about setting a precedent that if you have a daughter and a son, you do not have to sit your daughter down and say, ‘You deserve three-fourths or a half of what a man has.’ I think that is a really important narrative that we really want to be on the correct side of in tennis.”

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