Oh dear - that's the Telegraph. One of the better papers. I used to get that paper. And Martin Johnson isn't normally that bad. But I really have nothing to say on that article - and right before the women' final.
But I'm not sure these issues can be rationally discussed at the moment. On the one hand there's too many personal and overall unpleasant statements - often with no research and getting basic facts wrong like attributing the wrong player to a quote.
On the other hand - I'm afraid I don't agree with the response that it's all sexist and it's all or nothing as far as the issues raised. The tabloids and sometimes the broadsheets (but not so much) can be bad - but just as much to men as women.
Leaving aside the snide remarks about pampered divas and questioning injuries without bothering to find out the facts etc. - the issues are:
- equal pay
- fairness in allocation of courts
- fairness (men & women) with requests for the time of a match
- coverage on TV (well BBC) men vs women
Equal Pay has been settled - but people have their views and I simply don't accept anyone who doesn't think it's right is automatically sexist.
The other issues - there are valid points both ways: There'a a balance between fairness and the fact that the majority of people are not interested in women's tennis. They say - Oh I like watching tennis - the men's matches not the women. And this is women who say this to me. Plus there's the Andy Murray factor. If we had a top woman player - that would get prime coverage on BBC.
On the other hand - some valid points have been raised by players like Jelena and Serena and others. I don't neccessarily agree with them all - but they certainly warrant discussion - and they don't deserve to be vilified. And maybe mistakes were made.
As to whether a WTA player prefers watching the men play or the women play really doesn't make me think any the less or more about her.