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Georgina Clark, WTA European director
"I think talk of a boycott is rather counterproductive"
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Tuesday, 4 January, 2000, 14:35 GMT
Hingis threatens pay boycott

Martina Hingis: Martina Hingis: Women's tennis is rising in popularity


World number one Martina Hingis says women players could stage a boycott if they are not paid the same prize money as men.

The Swiss star was referring to a petition signed last April by the top 60 Women's Tennis Association Tour players in which they demanded equal prize money to men at all four Grand Slam events.



You get people on streets rebelling all the time. Why not us?
Martina Hingis
"I think we deserve equal prize money to what the men are getting," Hingis told the South China Morning Post.

"Presently we get around half, or even less than that, of what the men get, while at the same time the women's game has improved a lot in recent years.

"I hope the problem is solved by all parties sitting down and talking together to find a solution agreeable to everyone. But a boycott could happen if we don't get our way."

She said that an increase in prize money was the next step following a rise in television ratings for women's tennis.

Of the Grand Slams, only the US Open pays women the same as men. The Australian Open pays women approximately 6% less, while the French Open is around 10% down.

At the same time, women are payed substantially less for WTA tour events than men four ATP Tour tournaments.

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