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September 24 2013 at 03:13pm
“Ready, willing and able – all you have to do is ask us,” she told AFP in an interview, adding that the major stumbling block was the length of time it would take at Grand Slams.
“It’s already challenging (scheduling) the Grand Slams with (men’s) five-set matches. For us, we think three sets works well for our fans, and as we look at the consumption of sport it’s being done in shorter form.”
Last year French player Gilles Simon claimed the men deserved more money than women because they provided greater entertainment.
Allaster said you would have to ask the Grand Slam tournaments why they had not invited women to play longer matches.
Allaster was visiting Singapore ahead of the next year’s first end-of-season WTA Championships in the Asian city-state.
Next week, China’s Li Na will go head-to-head with men’s world number one Novak Djokovic ahead of the China Open in Beijing.
“I think that two great players on the men’s tour and women’s tour getting together to promote our sport, that’s what that match is about,” she said.
The WTA boss also shot down speculation that Murray and Serena
Williams could play each other after the Scot challenged the American great.
“I think what’s important is that Serena plays well on our tour and Andy plays well on his tour. It’s not going to be happening any time soon, that’s for sure,” Allaster said.
“We’re in many markets where there are not national stars and we’ve been very successful,” she said.
And 40 years since King was instrumental in forming the WTA, Allaster said women had made huge leaps towards equality in tennis Ä but that they still had a long way to go.
“A great part of what Billie started is that this is about gender equality, empowerment of women. I have the best female athletes in the world as role models for that vision.” – Sapa-AFP