World No 3 Jessica Pegula known as out the French Open organizers over their collection of the night time session matches at this 12 months’s match. Final 12 months, the boys featured within the majority of primetime night time session matches at Roland Garros.
This 12 months, solely one in every of 10 primetime matches was a WTA match. After scheduling six ATP matches via the primary six primetime night time session matches, the French Open organizers confronted criticism.- with some accusing the organizers of very overtly preferring ATP over WTA matches.
For the seventh primetime night time session match, the French Open organizers scheduled world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Pegula ‘upset’ with the French Open night time session choice
“Solely one of many 10 night time classes featured WTA gamers – that was when Aryna Sabalenka performed Sloane Stephens within the fourth spherical on Sunday.
We wish to see extra ladies in these spots, to spotlight good tennis matches if we will, so it hasn’t been best that there has solely been one primetime match for us. I am a member of the WTA gamers’ council and this situation has been raised so much.
Final 12 months, when there was additionally just one ladies’s night time match, we spoke to match organisers about it. That makes this 12 months extra disappointing as a result of we tried to deal with it. We’ve not seen any enchancment. We’re unsure what has occurred,” Pegula wrote in her BBC column.
Some of the frequent arguments is that the boys play best-of-five matches and that ticket payers get extra tennis for his or her primetime ticket. However Pegula underlines that the ladies not less than need to get an opportunity to show that they’ll ship a present in primetime.
“I am not saying each match goes to be a tremendous match but when we do not have the chance, how are we ever going to point out it? We all know individuals like ladies’s tennis, and the followers like to look at it, but it surely looks like our product is undervalued right here and in Europe basically,” Pegula stated.