“If I was (sic) a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. They really have.” said Raymond Moore last year, shortly before resigning as Chief Executive of the Indian Wells tennis tournament.
Moore continued saying that the Women’s Tennis Association was a “lucky organisation” which “rides on the coattails” of the men.
Following Moore’s comments, World n.1 Novak Djokovic weighed in by saying ‘our men’s tennis world, ATP world, should fight for more because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches. I think that’s one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more. Women should fight for what they think they deserve and we should fight for what we think we deserve.”
In the ensuing media fall out, various articles list professional sports that do not offer equal prize money to men and women. Surfing, making a rare appearance in mainstream UK press at least, listed among them.
Yet while the first prize in Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour events is not equal between men and women, the total prize purse, divided per surfer, is.