Re: womens final = 55 minutes, men's final = 5h EPIC match
Well, what is it supposed to say? I'm not denying that the WTA is struggling right now with bad play in the latter stages of big tournaments but it's pretty pointless to draw conclusions from one edition or even one year or three years.
How likely is it that both the WTA and the ATP final have the exact same outcome? It's very much possible that one final overshadows the other, sometimes both are good, sometimes both are dull. Noone has an impact on this. ATP obviously has the situation with many all-time GOATs playing at the same time which makes epic classics more likely but even then they are not guaranteed.
But stuff like Equal Pay (or whatever is always coming up when there's such a difference between the women's and the men's final) is obviously a long-term installment. Maybe at the US Open it's the exact opposite. I know people are always coming up with the prize money argument but I just disagree with only time on court counting for that. In my eyes, it's more of an acknowledgement of how much effort and dedication you have to put into a tennis career, how many hours you spend on the practice courts, how many sacrifices you have to make which is obviously regardless of gender.
ATP will always have the "advantage" of having a Bo5-match which just guarantees more match play and there's always the opportunity for an epic match. So maybe this can be considered for the ladies' final. But do we really want that? I have a hard time seeing the quality drastically improving by such a move. And to be honest, while I massively enjoyed that epic ending between Federer and Djokovic and was on the edge of my seat, I did not tune in for the first 3,5-4 hours. I was checking the score so I could watch the final set but I did not want to spend my entire Sunday afternoon following one match.
Visitors obviously think different about that, spending a lot of money to get tickets. However, I think the final weekend is still nicely covered with doubles, mixed, legends, juniors etc finals.