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SBD/June 29, 2012/Events and Attractions
Simon Stands By Gender Comments, Citing Difference In Ticket Prices
Published June 29, 2012
POPULAR VOTE: In N.Y., Filip Bondy writes, “This is nonsense, for reasons that go beyond political correctness and gender equity. While it is true that (some) men's tennis is more popular at Wimbledon, it is arguably less popular right now at the U.S. Open, where Williams is America’s only hope for a title. Once you start divvying the pot by popularity, then Simon should get paid very little for his matches and Sharapova should be paid much more” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/29).
PIPE DOWN: Sharpova said the WTA’s plan to introduce maximum noise levels and to penalize those who exceed them was a “smart idea.” When asked if she could “alter her technique to reduce the noise she makes” in play, Sharapova said, “Certainly not now, not since I’ve been doing it since I was four years old. It’s definitely tough and impossible to do when you’ve played this sport for over 20 years.” In London, Victoria Ward notes tennis player Heather Watson “rolled her eyes when told about proposals to start teaching junior players how to breathe differently.” She said, “There’s an educational programme?” Tennis player Laura Robson “giggled” when told about the proposal (London TELEGRAPH, 6/29).