Maria Sharapova slams ‘second-hand’ Brisbane event as men take over
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 5-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova stated the Brisbane Worldwide felt like “a second-hand occasion” with ladies relegated to outdoors courts to make approach for males enjoying the inaugural ATP Cup.
The WTA match is being run alongside the Brisbane leg of the boys’s new group match, which has taken over the Queensland Tennis Centre’s major courtroom.
Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens blasted organizers on Tuesday, accusing them of favoring the male gamers and never respecting ladies, with Sharapova additionally weighing in.
“You positively acknowledge it and see it,” she stated, with even Australian world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, who’s massively widespread in Brisbane, relegated to an out of doors courtroom.
“It seems like a little bit little bit of a second-hand occasion.”
The ATP Cup’s final round-robin matches in Brisbane are on Wednesday, which means the ladies can solely play on the middle courtroom from Thursday.
Beneath the ATP Cup’s progressive match guidelines, on-court teaching is allowed and group zones are within the corners of the courtroom, moderately than on the sidelines by the umpire.
Sharapova, who crashed within the first spherical to American Jennifer Brady on Tuesday night, steered this could possibly be a cause why ladies weren’t allowed to share middle courtroom.
“It’s positively a little bit of an odd strategic transfer,” she stated of favouring the boys.
“I’m unsure (however) I heard that as a result of the way in which that the courtroom is constructed, that it’s not regulation for us to be enjoying on middle courtroom with the benches on the aspect.
“I don’t know what else it may be that’s stopping (us enjoying there), as a result of I feel there’s loads of ladies which might be deserving of that middle courtroom spot on this draw.
“Everybody ought to have a dialog about it, that’s simply my outdoors view,” she added.
Barty heads a high-quality subject in Brisbane, which incorporates 4 of the ladies’s high 5.
Stephens, who’s on the WTA gamers’ council, stated it was clear ladies had been sidelined.
“We simply weren’t within the dialog to even be thought-about,” she stated.
“It was what the ATP needed — they received what they needed, ladies to the aspect, that’s sort of the way it at all times is.”