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French Open boss Amelie Mauresmo apologizes for saying male matches are more attractive than women’s

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French Open boss Amelie Mauresmo apologizes for saying male matches are more attractive than women’s as the former Wimbledon champion claims her comments were “taken out of context” and insists she is a “great fighter for equal rights” is.

  • French Open director Amelie Mauresmo said women’s tennis was less attractive
  • She explained why men’s competitions dominated this year’s night sessions
  • The tournament boss was declared ‘disappointing’ by World No 1 Iga Swiatek
  • Mauresmo has since apologized and insists she supports the women’s game

French Open boss Amelie Mauresmo has apologized for saying women’s tennis was less attractive than men’s tennis.

The Roland Garros tournament director made the comments when she explained why only one of the 10 matches chosen for the night sessions at the tournament this year featured women.

Mauresmo, a former Wimbledon champion, had said: ‘In this era we are in now – and as a woman, a former female player, I don’t feel bad or unfair for saying that – you have more attraction, attraction (in ) general, for the men’s competitions.’

French Open boss Amelie Mauresmo apologized for saying women’s tennis is less attractive

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek said the comments were “disappointing and surprising.”

And speaking to the Tennis Channel on Thursday, Mauresmo said: “First of all, the comments I’ve made have been taken out of the bigger picture, out of context.

“And I want to say sorry to the players who felt bad about what I said.

“Again, I think the people who know me, who have known me on and off the field, throughout my career, in everything I’ve done, know that I’m a great advocate for equal rights and women’s tennis, women in the general.’

The Polish world's number 1 Iga Swiatek said Mauresmo's comments were 'disappointing and surprising'

The Polish world’s number 1 Iga Swiatek said Mauresmo’s comments were ‘disappointing and surprising’

The former Wimbledon champion insisted she is a 'fighter for equal rights and women's tennis'

The former Wimbledon champion insisted she is a ‘fighter for equal rights and women’s tennis’

Mauresmo insists that the men’s matches took precedence in the showpiece’s evening session, as the women’s matches are shorter, meaning punters could feel shortchanged.

She added: “In terms of scheduling, especially for the evening matches, I said that because we only have one match, it’s really more difficult to schedule a women’s match because we have to consider the length. I think it’s a fair thing to do for the cardholders.

“To be fairer to the female players next year – to both categories really – it would be good to maybe have the opportunity to play two games, or maybe a women’s game plus a doubles, to try to get a better one.” to find a solution that is fair for everyone.’

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