Novak Djokovic's Controversial Take On Pay Disparity Once Irked Serena Williams as She Made a Personal Statement - 'If He Has a Daughter..'

Novak Djokovic’s Controversial Take On Pay Disparity Once Irked Serena Williams as She Made a Personal Statement – ‘If He Has a Daughter..’

American tennis legend Serena Williams has always been an advocate of pay parity for both male and female athletes. Over the years, we have seen the discussion regarding this issue repeatedly. While modern-generation players like Serena and Andy Murray support equal pay, seniors like Martina Navratilova have fought for it for a long time.

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However, Serbian tennis great Novak Djokovic has different views. He believes that the pay is according to the viewership the players can draw. After Djokovic gave this statement, Serena came up with a strong reply for the Serbian tennis star.

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Serena Williams’ classy reply to Novak Djokovic

Back in 2016, Djokovic gave a statement that male tennis players attract more viewers and hence deserve better prize money. Later, former world number one Serena Williams came up with a perfect reply for the 21-time Grand Slam champion.

Tennis – US Open – Flushing Meadows, New York, United States – August 29, 2022 Serena Williams of the US in action during her first round match against Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic REUTERS/Mike Segar

“If I have a daughter who plays tennis and also have a son that plays tennis. I wouldn’t say that my son deserves more because he is a man. If they both started at three years old, I would say they both deserve the same amount of money,” Serena said.

She further added, “I have been playing since the age of two and it would be shocking to say my son would deserve more than my daughter. It is irrelevant. [Djokovic] is entitled to his opinion, but if he has a daughter—I think he has a son right now—he should talk to her and tell her how his son deserves more money because he is a boy.”

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Djokovic later came up with a clarification of his previous statement. The 35-year-old said that the media portrayed his message in the wrong way.

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Serena spoke about the challenges of women athletes

Serena Williams recently played her last professional tournament. Earlier, the 41-year-old made her retirement announcement in her interview with Vogue magazine. The former world number one revealed that the reason for making this decision is primarily her wish to spend more time with family.

Adding further to that, the legend also said that it won’t usually happen with male athletes where they have to choose between two things they love. Family and career. The 23-time Grand Slam champion pointed to the expectation of expanding the family that society has only with women.

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What Serena said is quite true to some extent, as we have seen the challenges she herself faced after childbirth. Eventually, Serena ended up with no Grand Slam title after the birth of her daughter Olympia.

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