- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND (AP) - A member of the top 20 who is on the ATP Player Council says men should be paid more than women at tennis tournaments.

Gilles Simon, a Frenchman seeded 13th at Wimbledon, told reporters in French that he thinks “men’s tennis is ahead of women’s tennis” and “men spend twice as long on court as women do at Grand Slams.”

He also said men “provide a more attractive show” in their matches.

All four Grand Slam tournaments pay equal prize money to men and women, something Simon said he doesn’t think “works in sports.”


Simon was elected last weekend to a two-year term on the ATP Player Council.