Serena Williams is vying for her 5th consecutive Grand Slam title. Roger Federer is looking to win his 18th major. John Isner avoided being broken in 108 straight U.S. Open service games.
But there’s one statistic that has really caught my attention during this Tennis-mania fortnight: Male tennis players are earning lower TV ratings… even though they do the exact same jobs as their female counterparts.
Back in my day, there was only one TV channel. It showed the male and female players in split-screen, so there was ratings equality no matter what the viewers wanted.
But here we are, allowing the viewing public to dictate TV ratings. SMH: shaking my Head-brand racket.
It’s almost difficult to believe that we’re in the year 2015. It feels more like 2055, where there’s no water left on the planet, and the U.S. Open is being televised exclusively in the all female-society of the next Mad Max film.
The men hit just as many forehands as women. They hit just as many serves. They charge as many nets, chip as many returns, and finesse just as many drop shots. Where’s the 40-Love, America?
Game. Set. Match.