TENNIS

Former World No. 1, director of Roland-Garros, says women’s tennis has less appeal

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PARIS (AP) — Amélie Mauresmo, a former No. 1 player who is in her first year as the first women’s tournament director at Roland Garros, said on Wednesday that nine of the 10 night sessions at Roland Garros involved men’s matches because Women’s tennis currently has less “appeal.”

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Speaking at the traditional week two press conference to recap the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, Mauresmo said she was trying daily to find a female pairing that had star power or a match worthy of be highlighted in the separate session which began at 8:45 p.m. local time at Court Philippe Chatrier.

“I admit it was difficult,” said Mauresmo, a 42-year-old Frenchman.

1-ranked woman Iga Swiatek said after her quarter-final win in Paris on Wednesday that she found Mauresmo’s comments “a bit disappointing and surprising”.

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