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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his quarterfinal match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia during day ten of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Roger Federer avoided wading into the subject of equal prize money for men and women at Grand Slams events. After his second-round victory at Wimbledon on Wednesday, Federer was asked about comments by 13th-seeded Gilles Simon of France, who is on the ATP Player Council and said men should be paid more than women at tennis tournaments. ''I hope it doesn't become a big issue during Wimbledon. It's obviously a debate that's out there ever since, I guess, the Slams have made equal prize money. There's nothing you can do, anyway, about it,'' Federer replied. ''It's just a matter of who believes what, and then that is an endless debate. So whatever you believe,'' he continued. Simon told reporters at Wimbledon in French that he thinks ''men's tennis is ahead of women's tennis'' and ''men spend twice as long on court as women do at Grand Slams.'' He also said men ''provide a more attractive show'' in their matches. All four Grand Slam tournaments pay equal prize money to men and wom...
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