Men’s tennis has a lot to thank 21-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams for, Andy Murray has stated as the game’s equality row rumbles on.
Indian Wells boss Raymond Moore stop after announcing that the girls’s game “rides on the coat-tails” of the guys.
Novak Djokovic brought to the controversy with the aid of pronouncing the guys have to earn greater.
However Murray said: “whilst Serena Williams does superb, we additionally capitalise on that. Someone who’s 70 in the international on the guys’s tour also capitalises on that.”
The Briton, 28, said he did now not “simply understand” what Moore, who subsequently apologised for his remarks, “changed into getting at”.
However he brought that the sixty nine-12 months-antique South African become “out of order” for suggesting girl players must “get down on their knees” to thank the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for reinforcing the sport’s attraction.
Federer and Nadal have won 31 Grand Slam singles titles between them, dominating the guys’s sport for several years before world primary Djokovic took over.
“Roger and Rafa had been incredible for tennis however so has Serena Williams,” Murray instructed BBC sport. “We have to all be pleased about those men and what they have finished for the game.”
Murray gave brief shrift to Djokovic’s belief that guys’s tennis is a bigger draw than the girls’s recreation.
“At the usa Open remaining yr, the tickets for Serena’s fits were selling out lots quicker than the men’s fits,” the Scot stated.
He delivered there might be women’s matches at the Miami Open that would keep more appeal than a number of the men’s.
As a end result, he stated, it made “more feel to make it [prize money] same”.
Murray, who is in Miami with spouse Kim and new daughter Sophia, said the difficulty of identical pay changed into a subject of dialogue in the locker room.
“I assume the quantity gamers speak about it, it is manifestly some thing they could get pissed off about,” he stated.
He mentioned that lower ranked male players additionally benefit from the achievement of Federer and Nadal, not just ladies.
“Why does a person ranked 70 inside the international need to capitalise on what they’re doing simply because they’re a person?” Murray requested.
“whilst tennis does well, anybody have to thrive on that success.”
global number one Williams stated Djokovic was “entitled to his opinion” but questioned what he could say to his daughter if he had one.
“If I had children, i might in no way tell my son or my daughter that one merits greater because of their intercourse,” the yankee stated.