Tennis fans split over pay controversy involving Djokovic and Gauff

Novak Djokovic earning double Coco Gauff ‘is outrageous’… tennis fans split over pay row as it emerges men’s Cincinnati winner made $1m – more than TWICE the female champion

  • Novak Djokovic earned more than $1million for victory in the Cincinnati Open 
  • The same day, Coco Gauff beat Karolina Muchova to win a first WTA 1000 title
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Tennis supporters are divided after it emerged that Novak Djokovic earned more than double the prize money of Coco Gauff after they both won in Cincinnati last week.

Djokovic came through world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz in a thrilling final on Sunday to claim the Western & Southern Open trophy. 

Earlier on Sunday, Gauff defeated Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-4 to win her first WTA 1000 title – and second hard-court tournament of the summer. 

The 19-year-old’s reward for becoming the youngest champion in the event’s history was $454,500. Djokovic, on the other hand, will receive $1,019,335 for winning the ATP 1000 crown.

That is despite both playing at the same venue and both playing three-set matches.

Novak Djokovic earned more than $1million for victory in the Cincinnati Open on Sunday

Earlier, American Coco Gauff defeated Karolina Muchova to win a first WTA 1000 title

When this ‘outrageous’ disparity was pointed out on social media, several fans suggested it was bad for the game and proof of how gender inequality lingered in sports.

‘B***s****,’ one wrote. ‘This has got to stop. It’s what they call “bad for tennis.”‘

‘This is grand larceny!’ another argued. ‘It’s over 1/2 MILLION ($564,835) LESS for Coco Gauff. It’s wrong enough (to) make (you) ill.’

One supporter added: ‘Outrageous. Shows how far equality for women’s sport still needs to travel.’

But plenty of other fans hit out at the suggestion that male and female players should automatically earn the same amount.

Instead, they argued, prize money is determined by commercial considerations such as viewership.

‘The Men’s draw sold A LOT more tickets than the Women’s draw,’ one fan argued. ‘The market pays a lot more money and wants to watch men’s tennis more than women’s tennis. It’s basic economics really: if you generate more, you should be payed [sic] more (like in any other job).’

Djokovic rips his shirt in celebration following his three-set epic against rival Carlos Alcaraz

Gauff’s reward for becoming the youngest champion in the event’s history was $454,500

Another supporter claimed: ‘It’s all about total viewership and ad revenue. You know this and you could do something constructive and promote the WTA but you’d rather just make a scene about it.’

Some supporters argued that the difference simply proved, as one female fan wrote, that ‘the men’s game is a BETTER product’.

However, another fan suggested arguments about revenue and eyeballs are a red herring designed to justify a gender pay gap.

‘People always want to use viewership, popularity, and ticket sales as if Coco does not pack out stands religiously,’ they wrote. ‘The prize money is already predetermined and is based on who has a penis and who doesn’t.’


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