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Roland Garros deny inequality allegations: ‘Women and men enjoy equal footing’

Roland Garros have moved to quieten a growing gender inequality storm by confirming women’s matches can be played in evening sessions.

French news outlet RMC reported on Wednesday that organisers had decided to showcase only men’s matches in the new night session slot on Court Philippe-Chatrier to offer spectators a guaranteed three sets of tennis rather than two.

That report, though, appears to have been misleading, with tournament chiefs opting to quickly deny it.

“Following the RMC Sport article published today, the FFT would like to underscore that at Roland Garros women and men enjoy an equal footing, notably when it comes to prize money,” Roland Garros officials said in a statement.

“In that vein, two women’s and two men’s matches are to programmed daily on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

“The day’s play will therefore consist of three day matches and one night match.

“The fourth match, the ‘match of the day,’ which will be played from 9pm, could be either a men’s or women’s match depending on the order of play decided upon by the head tournament umpire.

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