He also claimed that prize money at combined events should be divided off among players based on the number of tickets sold along with TV viewing figures.
"Stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men's tennis matches,” Djokovic elaborated on his demands. “I think that is one of the ... reasons why maybe we should get awarded more.”
"As long as it is like that and there is data and stats available and information ... upon who attracts more attention, spectators, who sells more tickets and stuff like that, in relation to that it has to be fairly distributed,” he added.
Of course, it is absolutely ridiculous that Djokovic thinks players should be paid according to the number of viewers matches attract. Sure, women’s matches could be bringing less of a crowd in comparison to men’s, but that does not mean female players are any less deserving, or that they put in less effort and should thus be paid lower. What does he want, to quiz every tournament ticket holder to see if they prefer watching the men's or women's matches?
It is surprising that a player like Djokovic would make such sexist comments about women from the same sports. No wonder ,despite being in the 21st century, gender pay gaps and sexism ing the workplace still thrive.
Interestingly, the tennis pro is not alone in his stance. Earlier, CEO of Indian Wells Tennis Garden Raymond Moore said the Women's Tennis Association Tour “ride on the coat-tails of the men.”
"If I was a lady player, I would go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. They really have,” he said.
Serena Williams, who herself is a leading tennis player, responded to the sexist comments.
“I think Venus, myself, a number of players have been ... if I could tell you every day how many people say they don’t watch tennis unless they’re watching myself or my sister, I couldn’t even bring up that number. So I don’t think that is a very accurate statement,” she said.