The Short: Venus Williams Makes a Call for Equality on the Wimbledon Courts
But the eighth-ranked Williams — who has many times been relegated to courts beyond the two principal venues, Centre Court and Court No.
The Long: But the eighth-ranked Williams — who has many times been relegated to courts beyond the two principal venues, Centre Court and Court No.
The seven-time champion Roger Federer has not played outside of the two biggest courts since he won his first title in 2003, and the two-time champion Rafael Nadal has not played on an outer court since 2004, four years before he won at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon’s host broadcaster, the BBC, received a complaint after last year’s tournament claiming that it had been biased against women’s tennis, with men’s matches receiving 76 percent of total coverage.
The BBC rejected the complaint, saying that there was “no evidence of editorial bias” and that “all decisions around which games will be shown are based on editorial judgment.” On Friday, Williams added praise for the tournament’s heritage of men and women competing together.
I just want to see continual positive things happen for the women here.” “You see the struggle in other sports outside of women’s tennis,” she said.