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Janko Tipsarevic: "Women's tennis makes me sick"


I was really surprised when I heard about this statement. Janko was always nice and he is one of my favorite players. I don't know what was he thinking when he said this. Maybe he just said what all men's tennis players really think!?

Here is the excerpt from the interview he gave to Playboy that were reprinted on B92 (in Serbian) :

“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, I feel like going to WTA HQ and *something* all of them. Look at Federer who is so dominant, he has to work so hard to beat a Staracce 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”.

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Comment by Svetlana on July 13, 2008 at 8:16am
We all have our opinions but it wasn't nice thing to say. He should have kept it for himself. There is always difference between men and women sports, but it doesn't mean women don't work hard as men do! I used to play handball and I know what I'm talking about. Practicing 2 times a day for hour and a half,sometimes even more and only two weeks vacation on a year.
Comment by Alberta on July 13, 2008 at 7:38am
I don't agree with him. I'm a huge fan of both men's tennis and women's tennis. Yes, men's tennis is far more variable and hard, where top player really are top and dominant. But the women's, don't think they didn't put a lot of effort on their game. It's just the way it is and he should except it.
Comment by E on July 12, 2008 at 1:09pm
I hate to say it, but he speaks nothing but the truth. I'm not a huge fan of women's tennis. Men's tennis is by far more entertaining in every respect, except maybe fashion.

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