In an interview with Serbian Playboy, resident Forty Deuce hottie Janko Tipsarevic apparently said this about women's tennis:
“99% of male tennis players can’t stand women’s tennis. There’s no other sport with such a big disparity concerning level of play and the money women make. A friend of mine says that a woman who wins a Slam should only earn enough money to pay for her airplane ticket home. Who knows what else I would say if it wasn’t for Ana and Jelena whom I may consider friends. But of course, I appreciate the effort they’re putting into tennis, because I know they practise as hard as I do.
The way women think on court cannot be compared to men. Their only strategy is ‘hit the ball where your opponent isn’t.’ Nothing more! No ‘Put more spin on the ball, this is an important point, play to her backhand’. No way!
It’s that such kind of tennis works today. Look at the Williams sisters, Sharapova or Ivanovic who hits the ball like a truck on steroids. I get a bit critical when I see how much the women earn and how their opening rounds go. That’s what irritates me the most....
Look at Federer who is so dominant, he has to work so hard to beat a Starace or an Almagro, he may even lose a set and then look at Sharapova or Ivanovic who lose 3 games in the first 4 rounds. It makes me sick”.
Note to Ana and JJ -- With friends like this, who needs enemies?
To be fair, Janko didn't say anything that we haven't heard before from the men's side. Prior to Wimbledon, Tennis Channel ran a preview show wherein every male player they interviewed except for Roger said that they didn't think it was fair for women to get equal pay at the Slams. Rafa, Nole, Youzney, they all harped on it. So I think its clear how the guys feel and I'm not going to get into that whole equal pay argument, except to say that under Janko's crazy logic, Rafa should have received less prize money because he only lost four games in the final Yeah, that makes sense.
But this notion that the women's game lacks strategy and tactics compared to the men's game is absolutely ridiculous. Look at Wimbledon for example. How many blogs and websites picked Ivo Karlovic, Mario Ancic, Andy Roddick, and John Isner to potentially make runs at Wimbledon? What was their basis? Because they had huge serves and nothing more. No tactics, no strategy.
Are we currently in the era of Big Babe Tennis? Absolutely. Does that mean it's mindless ball bashing? Anyone who actually watches women's tennis knows that it's not. Before he starts making these ignorant and uninformed comments, Janko needs to sit down and watch the Williams sisters final, AI vs. JJ semifinal at Roland Garros, and Pova vs. Henin at the Australian Open.