At the US Open Tennis Tournament why is it that Men play 5 sets Women play 3? Equal Payouts
My only reason for asking the question is that both winners get paid the same for winning the tournament. So why would they not play the same amount of tennis? I do understand that is how it has always been. But when will the equal playing time be implemented?
There has been a gender pay gap in professional tennis for a long time, men earning much more than women. It is true that women play the best of 3 and men the best of 5. I've seen many men's matches last 4+ hours, but that's rare for the women. I don't know the exact reason, but I wonder if because men are often physically stronger if that correlates with greater endurance for the long, 5-set matches.
Over the last few years there has been discussion among announcers (who are usually retired professional players) during the 4 major global tournaments, whether male and female players should receive the same compensation. I wasn't aware that the US Open had equal pay, but you do bring up a good argument... Should it be equal pay for equal work?
I don't think the women will be moving to 5 sets any time soon, nor the men to 3. I love your question and glad that someone thought about bringing up the subject.
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