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French Open Director Amelie Mauresmo Apologizes For ‘Out Of Context’ Remarks, Hints At Scheduling Changes

Could there be two matches taking place during the night sessions next year?

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The director of the French Open says her recent comments that men’s matches are more appealing than women’s was taken out of context and that she is a staunch support of equality in sport.

 

Amelie Mauresmo, who is the first woman in history to hold the position of a tournament director at Roland Garros, suggested during a press conference on Wednesday that the reason why there has been more men’s matches given the night-time slot was because they are more appealing. This year eight out of the nine night-time slots were filled with men’s matches. The only exception was the clash between Alize Cornet and Jelena Ostapenko. Amazon Prime France has a key influence on who plays during that time as they hold the exclusive broadcasting rights.

“In this era that we are in right now, and as a woman, a former woman’s player, I don’t feel bad or unfair saying you have more attraction, more attractivity — can you say that? Appeal? — for the men’s matches,” Mauresmo told reporters.
“My goal when I was doing the schedule every day was to try and see a match in the women’s draw can I put there.
“Honestly, it was tough. It was tough for more than one night to find the match of the day.”

Following her remarks, women’s world No.1 Iga Swiatek said she was ‘disappointed and surprised’ by what Mauresmo had said. The WTA also issued a statement saying that there is room for improvement concerning scheduling and stated that the women’s game has an ‘incredible’ level of generation and depth.

Another notable factor in this year’s Grand Slam has been that 18 out of 20 singles matches scheduled first on Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen have been women’s ties.

Following the criticism, Mauresmo has issued an apology to the players who she may have unintentionally offended during an interview with The Tennis Channel.

“The comments that I made were taken out of context and I want to say sorry to the players who felt bad about what I said,” she said.
“The people who know me on and off the court throughout my career know that I’m a big fighter for equal rights and women’s tennis, women’s rights in general.”
“Concerning the scheduling of the night sessions my say (comment) was that because we only have one match for the ticket holders. I feel that it’s tougher to schedule a women’s match because we have to take into consideration the length. That’s the fair thing to do for the ticket holder.”

The agreement for night-time sessions at the French Open starting at 8:45PM local time was made prior to Mauresmo’s appointment as tournament director. Which may restrict any potential change she may want to make due to contractual obligations. However, she is looking into potential ‘adjustments’ that could be made for next year’s tournament.

“I want to see if next year in order to be fair to the women’s players, as well as to both categories, it would be good to have the possibility of two matches (during a night session) or maybe a women’s match plus a doubles match. Try to find a better solution to be fair to everyone.” She said.
“I can see there are some adjustments that can be made and for sure we are going to talk about it after the tournament.”

If there would be two matches taking place during the night sessions, there will undoubtedly be calls to bring its start time forward. Rafael Nadal’s quarter-final clash with Novak Djokovic didn’t end until just after 1am. Both players later said during their press conferences that the end time was too late. Furthermore, public transport in Paris ends around midnight which makes it a logistical nightmare for some fans trying to get home at a time later than this time.

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) The Wimbledon Clash Between Djokovic And Sinner Could Have Been Better

It was an epic five-set clash but imagine how better the match would have been if both were playing well at the same time…

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Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta analyse the dramatic events that unfolded on Tuesday at Wimbledon.

 

Top seed Novak Djokovic staged an epic comeback to oust Jannik Sinner in a match of two halves. Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie brought delight to the British fans.

On the other side of the draw, how will Rafael Nadal fair against the in-form Taylor Fritz? The Spaniard recently sidestepped a question about a potential new injury. 

As for the women’s draw, Ons Jabeur made history by becoming the first Arab player to reach a major quarter-final. She will next play 34-year-old mum-of-two Tatjana Maria who had never been beyond the third round of a major until now. 

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The Wimbledon Naughty List: Which Players Have Been Fined And What For?

Ubitennis takes a look at who has been hit with a penalty and more importantly why.

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Nick Kyrgios might be the player everybody’s talking about due to his behavior but few realize that he is one of 19 to be hit with a financial penalty during the first week of Wimbledon.

In fact, more than $75,000 worth of fines has already been issued during the first week of the championships. According to official data, more than three times as many men have committed an offense than women. Although interestingly it is only two female players who have been punished for receiving coaching and nobody in the men’s draw.

Australia’s Kyrgios leads the leaderboard for the biggest fine after what has been a controversial past few days. In his first round match, he argued with the umpire and spat in front of some people in the crowd who he said were ‘disrespecting him.’ Resulting in him being hit with a $10,000 penalty. He later said during his press conference that he was tired of being verbally abused by some fans watching him play.

 

Then on Saturday in a dramatic clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas he argued once again with officials, got a warning for swearing and at one stage called for his opponent to be defaulted for hitting a ball into the stands. 

“Why would I need to apologize? I’m getting fined for it. Because I got — I always get fined. I’m very keen to see what he will get after today.” Kyrgios said following his third round win. 

Kyrgios has been fined another $4000 for his antics and Tsitsipas has to pay $10,000 for his behavior. The relationship between the two took another dramatic turn after the match when the Greek accused his peer of bullying during an explosive press conference

After Kyrgios, America’s Reilly Opelka was docked $5000 for swearing. The value of the fine is an interesting one when three other players have also been fined for the same offense but they only have to pay $3000. The difference could be due to repeated swearing during the match.

The majority of the men’s fInes are for either unsportsmanlike conduct or audible obscenities. The only exception is Benoit Paire who was fined $2500 for equipment abuse.

As for the ladies’ draw, Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko received the biggest fine ($4500) for coaching. Former world No.1 Garbine Muguruza was another player to be published for her actions.

Here is a breakdown of the fines issued between Day 1 and Day 6 of the championships. 

WOMEN

  • Daria Saville AUS (round one) $4000 – EQUIPMENT ABUSE
  • Lesia Tsurenko UKR (round two) $4500 – COACHING
  • Garbine Mugurza ESP (round 2) $3500 – COACHING
  • Harriet Dart GBR (round 2) $4000 – EQUIPMENT ABUSE

MEN

  • Fernando verdasco ESP (round one) $3000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Adrian Mannarino FRA (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Stan Wawrinka SWI (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Yoshihito Nishioka JPA (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Nick Kyrgios AUS (round one) $10,000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Pedro Martinez ESP (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Diego Schwartzman ARG (round one) $3000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Lukas Klein SVK (round one) $3000 –  UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Reilly Opelka USA (round two) $5000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Benoit Paire (round one) $2500 – EQUIPMENT ABUSE
  • Jiri Vesely CZE (round two) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina ESP (round two) $3000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Denis Shapovalov CAN (round 2) £3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Nick Kyrgios (round 3) $4000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas (round 3) $10,000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

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(VIDEO) Day 7 at Wimbledon: Jannik Sinner Stuns Alcaraz, Djokovic Fights Back

Ubitennis found Ubaldo Scanagatta reflects on all the action that took place on Sunday with renowned commentator Steve Flink.

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Jannik Sinner joins a small group of only six Italian men to have reached the last eight at SW19. The 20-year-old ousted the fierce Carlos Alcaraz in four sets. Another four-set triumph was Djokovic’s win over Dutch walk card Tim Van Rijthoven.

 

Hall of Famer Flink joins Ubitennis to give his view on the events that have taken place. 

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