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Old Aug 17th, 2007, 11:27 PM   #1
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Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

Don't know if it's been posted before but it's from today. Also it could seem that this thread should go on Mens Tennis Forums but since it's related to women's tennis i'll put it here. It's in Spanish but I'll translate the part where he says that:

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte...e&t=1187392029

RAFA NADAL, EN LA REVISTA 'TIME'
'Las mujeres deberían jugar cinco sets para ganar lo mismo que un hombre'
  • El balear asegura que 'el tenis es un deporte más limpio que el ciclismo'

Rafa Nadal devuelve una bola en el partido ante Mónaco, en el que se retiró por lesión. (Foto: EFE)




Actualizado viernes 17/08/2007 15:28 (CET)


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MADRID.- Rafa Nadal, en Estados Unidos en plena preparación para el US Open, se sometió a un particular test organizado por la revista 'Time' en el que respondió las preguntas de 10 aficionados. El número dos del mundo no rehuyó ningún tema, e incluso se atrevió a hablar de dopaje.
"Por ahora, el tenis es mucho más limpio que el ciclismo, ya que últimamente ha habido mucha gente implicada en ese deporte", afirmó el mallorquín, para luego reconocer que el dopaje es un problema que afecta a la imagen de todos los deportistas.
Preguntado por su relación con Roger Federer y la rivalidad entre ambos, Rafa manifestó que no existe tal rivalidad, sino que "él es el número uno del mundo y yo soy el número dos. Eso sí, cuando juego contra él, tengo una motivación especial".
Al realizarse el cuestionario en Estados Unidos, era casi obligada la pregunta sobre el estado del tenis en ese país. Nadal no cree que estén en crisis, ya que "Roddick es cuarto del mundo y Blake está entre los 10 primeros", aunque luego admitió que ya no es lo mismo que cuando Sampras y Agassi eran los dos mejores tenistas del planeta.
Rafa fue cuestionado sobre la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres a la hora de repartir las ganancias, y aunque en un principio aseguró no tener una opinión formada acerca de este tema, no se cortó a la hora de valorar negativamente que cobren todos lo mismo. "Creo que las mujeres y los hombres son iguales en todos los ámbitos de la vida, pero mi opinión es que si somos iguales, ellas también deberían jugar a cinco sets para ganar el mismo dinero".
Las denuncias de las principales jugadoras del circuito forzaron meses atrás a que el torneo de Wimbledon ofreciese el mismo premio para el campeón y la campeona, como ya hacen el resto de Grand Slams. El club de tenis británico incluía la tesis expuesta por Nadal como uno de los motivos por los que seguía diferenciando a ambos sexos en el reparto económico.
'Seguro que Borg me ganaría'

El número dos del mundo también justificó su 'manía' de morder cada trofeo que vence. "Lo hice la primera vez que gane una competición y me gusta más que besarlo. Es una de mis marcas registradas".
Por último, Rafa escogió un rival con el que le hubiera gustado enfrentarse. Ni Sampras ni McEnroe, el 'elegido' fue Borg. "Él tenía hielo en sus venas, si jugáramos, seguro que él ganaría". Eso nunca se sabrá, pero seguro que se irían a los cinco sets..

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Rafa fue cuestionado sobre la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres a la hora de repartir las ganancias, y aunque en un principio aseguró no tener una opinión formada acerca de este tema, no se cortó a la hora de valorar negativamente que cobren todos lo mismo. "Creo que las mujeres y los hombres son iguales en todos los ámbitos de la vida, pero mi opinión es que si somos iguales, ellas también deberían jugar a cinco sets para ganar el mismo dinero".

"Rafa was asked about the equality between men and women regarding prize money, and while at first he claimed not to have a very well formed opinion about the issue he didn't hesitate when he negatively supported the idea: "I think that men and women are equals when talking about every issue, but my opinion is that if we're all equal, they (women) should also play best-of-five-sets matches to gain as much money as we do".

I don't think this helps feminine tennis at all

but I also think that he has a point but while the only tournaments where men play five-set-matches are the grand slams, both genres play best-of-three everywhere else (but the Masters Cup final) and I do think it should be a great idea to match the facts and not to put women to play best-of-five sets but just cut men's matches to best-of-three even at the grand slams (and we could avoid waiting for those ugly five setters that last five hours to finish in order to watch our faves)

Anyway, I don't think he should have said those words
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Old Aug 17th, 2007, 11:30 PM   #2
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

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Old Aug 17th, 2007, 11:30 PM   #3
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

I like best of five matches. Some of the best matches in recent memory have been five setters:

Federer vs. Safin AO 05
James Blake vs. Agassi USO 05
Federer vs. Nadal Wimbledon 07


And it's tradition. They are NEVER going to reduce GSs to glorified masters events.
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Old Aug 17th, 2007, 11:33 PM   #4
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I agree with him
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

Women's sets usually take longer than men's sets. A best 2-out-of-3 sets women's match takes about the same time as a best 3-out-of-5 sets men's match. Besides, unless they want to have 80 percent of WTA players off on injury list, I don't see how women can play 3 out of 5 sets. Just not possible.
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but Nadal was my favorite
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

I agree. It should at least be done from the quarterfinals of the slams.
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

Quote:
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but Nadal was my favorite
...and now you are going to dislike him because he has an opinion?
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Good material for Nadal haters
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

Surprising? I bet you (at least) 99% of ATP players think the same way.

What it would be surprising is someone saying the opposite
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

Once upon a time, when YEC final was a 5 setter, we had amazing matches as Graf vs Huber or Hingis
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

What I don't understand, though, is how people who seemingly love womens tennis on this board can agree that the women should not be paid equally. It's as if you're willingly admitting you're preferring a junior varsity team as opposed to the varsity one.
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

i can think of one or maybe two not boring five setters
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

My attention span for tennis is short as it is. 5 sets would bore me to tears. Get it over all ready ya know? Men should drop down to 3 sets in the GSs too like they do for most of the regular tour stops.
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Re: Nadal's surprising quote: "Women should play five sets to gain as much as men do"

I agree with him.

Mauresmo would probably dominate the tour.
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