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SBD/June 27, 2012/Events and Attractions
Wimbledon May Push Back Start Date By One Week
Published June 27, 2012
NOT CREATED EQUAL: In N.Y., Christopher Clarey noted French tennis player Gilles Simon, who was recently elected to the ATP Player Council, "told French reporters on Monday that he was opposed to women receiving equal prize money as men." Simon said, "I think that men's tennis is really ahead of women's tennis at this stage. Once more, the men spent surely twice as much time on court as the women at the French Open. We often talk about salary equality. I don't think it's something that works in sport. I think we are the only sport that has parity with the women in terms of prize money. Meanwhile, men's tennis remains more attractive than women's tennis at this moment" (NYTIMES.com, 6/26).
SOUNDING OFF: With the WTA announcing plans to reduce grunting during play, ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said women’s tennis is "about to get a little quieter.” ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said grunting "is awful” and that it has "become a plague" since former player Monica Seles became the first high-profile grunter. Kornheiser: “You can win without grunting. ... They ought to put this in right now, start deducting points (and) nobody would do it.” Wilbon said, “It was sort of cool when it was only Monica. ... Now, every little two-fisted pixie is grunting her brains out” (“PTI,” ESPN, 6/26).
LONDON INK: ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos noted the buzz at Wimbledon is "about something new this year,” as several female tennis players competing are sporting visible tattoos. Stephanopoulos: “Wimbledon rules stipulate that players dress in white, but for now at least, they are silent about tattoos” (“World News,” ABC, 6/26).