Sexism At Wimbledon

Serena Williams holds her trophy after winning the women’s singles final at the 2017 Australian Open.
Serena Williams holds her trophy after winning the women's singles final at the 2017 Australian Open.
Serena Williams holds her trophy after winning the women’s singles final at the 2017 Australian Open.
Serena Williams holds her trophy after winning the women's singles final at the 2017 Australian Open.

Sexism At Wimbledon

A recent analysis by the Guardian found that only 38 percent of women’s matches were played on Wimbledon’s major courts, compared to a nearly 50-50 split for matches at the French and Australian Opens.

Wimbledon organizers defend their scheduling, insisting they cater to what fans and viewers want. Critics argue that doing so perpetuates inequality.

Sexism at Wimbledon is also in the spotlight this year after tennis commentator John McEnroe’s recent comments to NPR that if Serena Williams — winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles and 14 Grand Slam doubles titles — competed with men she’d be seeded 700th.

Worldview talks with Hannah Wilkes, chief tennis editor at Live Tennis , for her take on sexism at Wimbledon and sports at-large.