Marta Kostyuk Indian Wells WTA 2021

‘Are we really that bad?’ – Marta Kostyuk slams gender difference in prize money

Ukrainian teenager Marta Kostyuk has criticized the difference in winnings between the men’s game and the women’s game, asking the question “are we really that bad?”

The teenager took to social media to demonstrate the huge pay gap between the men and the women’s tour as she compared two tournaments based in Germany, both of the same level.

Posting on her Twitter, Kostyuk shared a comparison of the prize money for each round at the ATP Halle Open and the WTA Berlin tournament.

Between the tournaments of Halle and Berlin, both 500 level events, there is a significant difference in earnings for each round.

On the ATP tour, the winner at the Gerry Weber Stadion will receive €399,170, whereas the one who wins in the German capital will earn €55,300.

This means that whoever wins the final in Berlin, will receive less money than a quarter-finalist at the Halle Open.

In addition, at the Halle ATP 500 event, first round prize money is €16,650 which is more than what a quarter-finalist at the Berlin Open would earn (€12,500).

Marta Kostyuk when posting on Twitter said, “Are we really that bad?”, followed by the caption of laughing faces.

It is not the first time the young teenager has been outspoken about her thoughts and feelings on tour.

Last month, the young Ukranian slammed Russian and Belarusian players stating that “they pretend they are the victims.”

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