The men’s singles winner at Rome at the 2022 Italian Open will take home €836,355 where as the women’s singles winner will earn €332,260. The women’s winner will make about 40% of what the men’s winner makes. Both men’s and women’s events are 1000-level tournaments.
While pay disparity has existed in tennis between the men and the women in tennis, this difference at the Italian Open is huge. In 2020, the difference between the men’s and women’s singles winner was only €10.
So, what happened? While it’s known that, in general, men’s matches get more crowds and are more popular with the tennis audience, paying women less than half of what the tournament pays men doesn’t make sense.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova called out the discrepancy in prize money.