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A Woman’s Place

September 10, 2011

I’d like to start this blog post by giving a big thumbs up to Mother Nature. Thanks to the torrential rain unleashed on New York this week, the US Open hasn’t had to hide behind any politically correct bullshit to give us all the schedule we really want.

We are now lucky enough to be guaranteed a men’s final where both players are fully fit and rested. Sure, it’s a bad result for the women, whose turnaround time between semis and finals is now much shorter, but as long as the men are accommodated, I think we should all let it slide. We all know the men play proper, exciting tennis, and the women are merely good-looking time fillers. The women’s final won’t even feature that blonde Russian hottie or that giggly Serbian cutie anyway, so I don’t see the importance in giving them any decent time to recover from their semi-finals.

Speaking of semi-finals, what a relief we don’t have to put up with TWO women’s matches on Arthur Ashe. I’ve never been more proud to be a tennis fan than when I saw three men’s matches and one women’s match scheduled for Arthur Ashe. Good on them for shunting the mainly irrelevant match between that Australian and some Dutch chick out to some other court. The best part is we can just pretend it doesn’t exist: it won’t even be on American TV!  Oh and don’t worry if you think anyone actually gives a shit about that match; one prominent (male) journalist has assured us that only three people in the States would bother to watch it anyway.

The same kind of brilliance was applied for the quarter-finals: only one women’s match on Arthur Ashe and all four men’s. Fantastic! What a great display of not letting a petty thing like equality and fairness get in the way of a good tennis tournament. Never mind that there is plenty of time to put all the semi-final matches on Ashe. If the US Open didn’t take this kind of opportunity to show us what they really thought of women’s tennis, well, when would we ever find out? We’d be left in the dark worrying that the equal pay stuff actually meant something deeper than just a bit more money. So girls, since you won’t be watching many strong, empowered females play tennis over the next few days so you might as well get onto that ironing.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2011 3:07 pm

    I think we have CBS to thank for the lopsided/sexist coverage. Some of the marquee matches may have been on Tennis Channel, which was dropped abruptly by Verizon, so I couldn’t see them. I have cried sexism throught this year’s Open. If the women themselves don’t complain about court placement, nothing will change. McEnroe and others made a big deal about the fact that the women’s night matches followed the men’s. What difference does that make?

  2. September 21, 2011 2:54 am

    It’s pretty wild how much of a discrepancy on the way things were handled at the Open this year. Hopefully, we don’t see signs of that in the future.

    And Kait, I enjoyed your Davis Cup Tweets for Tennis View!

  3. October 19, 2011 9:37 pm

    Kait, this is how it has been for the longest time. What irks me even more than the belittling of the women’s game, is the fact that most of these women won’t even let their voices be heard in press conferences. It would have been good if Wozniacki, rather than pulling out a kangaroo, actually took the initiative and blasted tournament organisers for how they treat women at these tournaments, and don’t get me started on the tv broadcasts.

    If you are not brunette and giggly; tall and blonde or Serena Williams, you get no air time. Absolutely zero. It is a sign of where things stand that when Maria Sharapova beat Serena Williams at Wimbledon 7 years ago, the world was her oyster. 7 years later Stosur does it and she gets … wait for it … a postage stamp.

    The commentators in the booth always sound as if they are exasperated at a women’s match, especially if they are waiting on a men’s match to begin. This kind of attitude carries over to the fans who are led to think that the men’s game is much more exciting than the women’s. If commentators, most of whom are men, would call the women’s matches in the same way they do the men, i.e talk about tactics and strategy, rather than the shrieks, grunts, double faults or UFEs that the women make, then equality would really have begun in tennis. Until then, it is still a sport divided amongst itself.

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