It’s a conclusion for the second Grand Slam event of the year – the 2022 French Open – as the baton now passes to Wimbledon, which will host the third Slam of the year from June 27. Regarding the singles winners, it was a repeat of the results of the French Open 2020 with the victory of the Pole Iga Swiatek and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
Although the 2022 French Open was a success overall, there was one major facet that drew heavy criticism – fewer night matches for women than for men. Of the 10 scheduled nights, nine involved men’s matches.
During an interview with Eurosport, American legend Chris Evert expressed his disappointment with the unfair schedule, calling it “glaring weakness” on Mauresmo’s part. While Evert said the Frenchwoman had done “a good job” overall, she added that Mauresmo needed to address the issue going forward.
“I think a big mistake was the night game. It was all men. I think there was a women’s game, it was all men. It’s not true. We have the same prize money we should have the same time Wish she had I went to the US Open heading and watched what they do A 7 hour game you can even start at 6:30 a.m. have a men’s and women’s game or a women’s and men’s game Keep it equal because to me that was a glaring weakness in the tournament so overall she did good job, but that has to change,” Evert said.
Former world number 1 Mauresmo has come under scrutiny over her comments on the scheduling of the night sessions at Roland Garros. Mauresmo said men’s matches tend to attract more viewers and have more appeal than women’s matches.
“In this era that we find ourselves in at the moment, and as a woman and a former women’s player, I don’t feel wrong or unfair to say that you have more attraction, attraction in general, for games masculine,” Mauresmo said.
Among the first to condemn such views, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova called Mauresmo’s comments “disappointing”.
“Amelie Mauresmo: Women’s tennis matches less than compelling – The Washington Post – very disappointing comments from Mauresmo, to say the least…” Navratilova’s tweet read.
‘Women have an advantage’ – Rafael Nadal on Roland Garros night games
After winning his 14th Roland-Garros title on Sunday, 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal weighed in on the scheduling of night matches. Nadal said it was better to have more women’s matches during the day because the daytime sessions were shown on free channels.
“The prize money is equal. Matches on center court are equal – two for women and two for men per day. During the day, women play two matches while men play one match. TV is on during the day and “You see matches on open channels. At night you see him on a private show. We lose more than women. Everyone in the world can see more women’s games than men’s games,” Nadal said.