PARIS (AP) — The French Open introduced night sessions in Court Philippe Chatrier this year, featuring one highly ranked player each day, and there has been quite a disparity so far: Through Sunday, six of the seven contests scheduled for the spotlight involved men.
Just one of those Week 1 showcases was a women's match, with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.
"What concerns me is when somebody from the French (tennis) federation is continually trying to say there is equality, and only pointing to prize money, which is true. Everything else, I wouldn't even agree for a little with that. And that's disappointing," former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka said Sunday.
"If you follow tennis, you know what I'm talking about," Azarenka said after losing at Chatrier in the fourth round against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Hours later, Monday's order of play was revealed, and it included a second women's night session match: 2020 champion Iga Swiatek vs. Marta Kostyuk.