Former World No.  1, French Open Director Claims Women’s Tennis Has Less ‘Appeal’

Former World No. 1, French Open Director Claims Women’s Tennis Has Less ‘Appeal’


PARIS (AP) — Amelie Mauresmo, a former No. 1 player who is in her first year as the French Open’s first female tournament director, said Wednesday that nine of the 10 night sessions at Roland Garros involved men’s matches because women’s tennis currently has less “appeal.”

Speaking at the traditional second-week news conference to recap the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, Mauresmo said she tried on a daily basis to find a women’s pairing that had the star power or a matchup worthy of being highlighted in the separate session that began at 8:45 pm local time in Court Philippe Chatrier.

“I admit it was tough,” said Mauresmo, a 42-year-old from France.

The current No. 1-ranked woman, Iga Swiatek, said after her quarterfinal victory in Paris on Wednesday that she found Mauresmo’s comments “a little bit disappointing and surprising.”

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