Women tennis players at the Wimbledon Championships will earn the same amount as men for the first time this year

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club has stoked controversy by announcing that women tennis players will earn the same amount as men at the Wimbledon Championships for the first time this year.

After years of resisting calls for equal prize money on the grounds that men played five sets rather than three, the body announced its U-turn last week.

The decision means Maria Sharapova (pictured below) has the chance to win as much cash as men’s champion Roger Federer. One comment on BBC Sport’s website read: “If a man worked a three-day week and a woman did the same job for five days, and they were equally paid, there would be an outcry.”



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