Rafael Nadal says tennis players should win more prize money than men if they sell more tickets for tournaments.
The 32-year-old was asked if Serena Williams was paid the same in all tennis competitions, not just in the four Grand Slams.
Although he was reluctant to talk about gender issues in sport, he emphasized that men and women were the same and that pay should depend on the size of the people.
‘Is not about the same or not equal prize money. I do not care if they win more than we do, that’s the right thing to do, “he said after riding to the quarter-finals on Sunday.
“If they sell more tickets, they earn more than we do. That is very easy to understand. It’s not about being male or female. Never mind. We’re the same. ‘
Nadal then wondered whether the ATP and WTA tours should be merged into a tour of both sexes. The press should ask the organizers.
‘I dont know. I do not have all the information to know if this product is stronger or not stronger. Who knows? You have to do an analysis, “he said.
But then he explained that he did not like to talk about gender issues because they often got someone in trouble who made a comment.
It is a very sensitive thing in this world today that talks about men or women. At that moment, you can not even have an opinion because everything you say is against you, “he said.
“I will not be the one I’ll tell you something at the moment, you know?” The Spaniard was less enthusiastic about a woman who was much closer to him than other players – his longtime girlfriend Xisca Perello.
The 31-year-old seldom appeared in Nadal’s match against Tomas Berdych, whom he won in sets.
Channel 9’s Jim Courier asked World No. 2 what the pair, which has been dating since 2005, has been doing between matches in Melbourne.
“As I say a few years ago in 2017, I think it was the first time she could be here, that she had a wildcard at that moment,” Nadal replied.
“And now she does not need any wildcards after 14 years. She comes wherever she wants. ‘
Nadal’s response was to a similar conversation at the Australian Open in 2017 when Courier asked him for more rare sightings of Mrs. Perello.
“After 10 years, my girlfriend finally gets a wildcard to come here,” he said at the time, before he thought about it better. “You know … better, we stop here.”
The couple eat together at least during Nadal’s free time when they were seen on Friday in the posh Nobu restaurant in Melbourne.
However, it seemed that the stress of the tournament was coming to them when they looked tense and tense during shopping and dinner.
Mrs. Perello put her head in one hand at a time, while Rafael watched with a strained face. The couple was seated at a table with a bottle of water between them, both of them feeling oppressed and tense.
The two left the restaurant together, but seemed to distance themselves when walking.
Previously, Williams had said “uncomfortable” public talks by stars like Andy Murray and herself are needed to achieve equality.
“For something to really change, men and women must work together, they must have the same message, support each other,” she said.
“As many people as possible can support us, that’s what it takes.
“We are still fighting for equal prizes at all events. I think that’s something that we will continue to do and continue to fight for. ‘
Nadal will play Frances Tiafoe after American Grigor Dimitrov was vacant in the fourth round.