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    12 June 2023

    Amelie Mauresmo Criticizes French Open’s Night Scheduling, Calls for Improvement

    French Open: Women’s Night Match Underrepresented, Says Tournament Director

    In a recent update from the French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo, she stated that the night sessions of the tennis championship are not balanced when it comes to men and women matches. Although there has been an improvement in this area concerning prime slots.

    Aryna Sabalenka played against Sloane Stephens last Sunday, which is the only women’s nightly game scheduled for this season. Jessica Pegula, world number three player was disappointed with these statistics regarding women representation at hour sessions.

    Mauresmo defended their scheduling stating that apart from nighttime games; more female players were included in prime time slots than ever before. She acknowledged that they could do better on evening matches but is comfortable with daytime scheduling. It should be noted high profile female athletes are reluctant to play during such hours due to specific requests or other reasons.

    “My point is this year that we put definitely way more women’s matches on the prime slots,” said Mauresmo indicating progress made by adding more females’ players to prominent positions.

    Former French Open winner Sue Barker expressed concern over big rivalries among elite female athletes who have retired or no longer participate actively in sports competition as what male stars like Novak Djokovic enjoy today.

    The Challenge Facing Roland Garros Crowd Behavior and Players Conduct During Matches

    During tournaments, tennis fans appreciate good conduct displayed by participating athletes irrespective of nationalities playing against each other.

    Taylor Fritz was booed after defeating Arthur Rinderknech, and he was forced to shush the crowd. In another match, Novak Djokovic felt the wrath at the end of his semi-final against Carlos Alcaraz. Russian Daria Kasatkina was also booed when she played against Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.

    Mauresmo stated that no player complained about crowd behavior while acknowledging that such incidents could be challenging for organizers.

    “There has been no feedback on this specific topic from our tour supervisors or even the ATP or WTA officials who are here on-site throughout the whole tournament,” Mauresmo said.

    Daria Kasatkina supported Ukraine in its conflict with Russia by giving her opponent a thumbs-up instead of shaking hands as is customary during pre-match formalities.

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