Tsonga: Female players 'unstable emotionally'

Sportal January 24, 2013, 7:55 am
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has suggested top female tennis players do not dominate because they are 'more unstable emotionally' than men.

Roger Federer's five-set victory over Tsonga on Wednesday meant the men's semi-finals of the Australian Open will involve every one of the top four seeds.

Tsonga believes it proves the world rankings do not lie and, with a cheeky smile, the 27-year-old Frenchman expressed a controversial opinion on why the top-ranked women do not dominate in a similar fashion.

"You know, the girls, they are more unstable emotionally than us," Tsonga said.

"I'm sure everybody will say it's true, even the girls."

Tsonga quickly added when female journalists disagreed: "No? You don't think?"

In a good-natured press conference, Tsonga continued his tongue-in-cheek explanation.

"It's just about hormones and all this stuff," Tsonga said.

"We don't have all these bad things, so we are physically in a good shape every time, and you are not. That's it."

While Tsonga's comments appeared to be in jest, he has opened himself up to criticism, becoming the second French tennis player to make disparaging statements about female players in a year.

Gilles Simon infamously claimed after his exit from Wimbledon last year that female players do not deserve equal prize money.

Tsonga was initially asked on Wednesday why the leading players in men's tennis, specifically Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, are so hard to beat and why he has struggled to beat them at grand slams.

"Maybe I'm less talented for the moment," Tsonga said after admitting he does not know what he needs to do to improve.

"In tennis, you know, you cannot lie.

"If they are number one, number two, number three, number four, it's because they deserve it and because they are the best players at the moment."

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  1. Desleigh09:38am Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    My criticism is of Azarenka's tactics - stange she didn't get a sore back (or anything else sore) until she was losing. As for the screaming, it's way over time it was stopped, totally unnecessary., Top players dont need it - look at Williams & Li Na, it's just another ploy to put off their opponents & the crowd too. Personally I would not go to a match where the screamers are present. If everyone boycotted them they would soon stop for sure.

  2. Aussie Mick11:37pm Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Women don't deserve the same money as the guys. The standard is lower and the matches shorter. It's a no-brainer.

  3. Garry10:41am Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    would love to watch tennis today but can not stand that noise, with that screeching would rather watch play school!

  4. Verityseeker10:41am Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What a tennis match ! The tension, entertainment and excitement of this 5-set thriller has again ignited debate over the ongoing issue of male tennis players getting paid the same as the women who only have to play the best of three sets. Why does this issue not go away ? Surely men should stop whinging and accept this limited discrimmination that has a long tradition ? Well, it is not specifically this example of bias in the tennis grand slams that disturbs social justice advocates. The tennis bias reflects a much more worrying and entrenched attitude by politicians and authorities that men are 'less deserving than women' in every sphere of society. The prevalence of this stereotype means that men’s needs are not even on the political agenda. Perhaps most worrying is that too many men seem resigned to the bias and of being less valued in the modern Australia. There is however, a growing men’s human rights movement in Australia that should start challenging the outdated stereotypes held by politicians in this country. The tennis bias is just a symptom of a much more serious bias in modern society. This is why the issue will not go away.

  5. Marcel10:23am Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    lovely job Jo - you are so right - no need for them to admit it ;-) we all know