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Women Players At Wimbledon Earn More Than Men

by | 29th, June 2007

annwiddecombe.jpgNOT content with leaving Wimbledon’s female tennis stars to enjoy their hard-fought equal pay packets, the Mail has decided to reopen the debate by claiming that the women are now actually earning more than the men.

Researchers at the paper broke the Wimbledon pay down game by game and found, much to their apparent horror, that the stars of the women’s game are being paid almost twice as much as their male counterparts, on an average-per-game basis.

The ladies now receive an average of £481.93 a game compared to the £284.70 the men take home. Obviously this discrepancy is due to the fact that women only play the best of three sets compared to the men’s best of five while women’s games also tend to be shorter than men’s.

The Mail even breaks things down to a pounds-per-minute basis, with the women’s banking £1.97 per minute compared to £1.29 for the men.

Famed feminist and friend of the downtrodden, Ann Widdecombe, says: “I don’t think it’s fair. As far as I am concerned, women’s matches are not the same as men’s. It seems, therefore, perfectly fair for two different rates of pay. I agree that there should be equal pay for equal work, but I do not think that there is a case for equal pay when you have games with different lengths.”

I pay Anne Widdecombe triple the going rate to see her in a pair of red knickers and white skirt, chasing after a serve from Serena Williams.

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