Tournament Accused of Mistreating Venus Williams & Female Players

 - Jul 1, 2008
The prestigious Wimbeldon has been accused of sexist mistreatment of the leading female players. The accusations surfaced after Venus Williams, Serena Williams and world No.2 Jelena Jankovic were all relocated to outside courts with limited seats.

Male players such as Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Rafael Nadal and Marat Safin were all scheduled on the largest stages. Maybe that’s why Maria Sharapova chose a male Tuxedo inspired outfit?

The No. 2 seed, Jelena Jankovic, explicitly expressed her displeasure with the treatment female players are getting from Wimbeldon, saying, "I was really not happy with the scheduling. I asked to play a little bit later, which would give me a few more hours to recover. I’m asking why is the No 2 seed playing on Court 18? It’s also not normal that Venus plays on Court Two. It makes no sense."

The defending champion Venus Williams was less vocal in her disappointment but admitted that it was strange, "I do think it is weird (that I was playing on that court), especially having a female champion who has won this tournament four times."

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