LONDON, England -- Men and women will receive equal prize money at Wimbledon this year for the first time in the history of the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.
The All England Club, which runs Wimbledon, announced on Thursday that it would fall into line with the U.S. Open and Australian Open in paying equal prize money across all events.
"In summary, we take the view that this is good for tennis, good for the women players and good for Wimbledon," said All England Club chairman Tim Phillips.
Really. Well, what did last year's female winner have to say about it? [Emphasis mine.]
"It's definitely a victory for women in general. I said it was a matter of time, and it was," Mauresmo said in Dubai.
"I think most of the people agreed it's not a matter of how long we (women) spend on the court. The men are always going to play longer because they play best of five sets. It's just a matter of being equal."
Er, what the fuck? What the fuck are you... I mean, what... I... I... What is anything you say? Seriously, woman; are you having a laugh? Let's look at those two sentences again, shall we?
The men are always going to play longer because they play best of five sets.
Whereas women play the best of three sets...
It's just a matter of being equal.
I'm sorry, but I'm flabbergasted. Again, what the fuck?
Look, you silly bitch, if it's a matter of being equal, then either the women get paid less or they play five sets, OK?
If you employ two people and, all other things being equal, one works for 8 hours and the other works for 4 hours, the one working for 4 hours gets paid less. That's equal, right?
Because if you paid the one working 4 hours the same as the one working 8 hours, that wouldn't be equal, would it? Because the person working 4 hours would be getting paid twice as much per hour as the person working 8 hours. That, my little Mauresmo, is not equality, is it?
For fuck's sake! I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to post that statement again.
"The men are always going to play longer because they play best of five sets. It's just a matter of being equal."
Yup, I'm pretty fucking certain that that is the stupidest thing that I've heard anybody say so far this year. And believe me, being a political blogger, I've been tracking some total fucking chimps...