Tennis great Pam Shriver has called for icons Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Billie Jean King to band together and buy the Italian Open following some outrage regarding the prize money for women.
Swiatek won $482,000 for her ATP 1000 win at the Italian Open.
However, fans became frustrated to learn that the orld No.1 would pick up less prize money than men’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas won $683,000 for coming second in Rome.
Winner Novak Djokovic pocketed a whopping $1.25 million, up 241 per cent from 2021, for his efforts.
The disparity between the pay caused many to take to social media and blast the tournament.
And following the uproar, tennis great Pam Shriver called to arms a number of the sport’s biggest names to band together and take action.
Shriver urged Martina Navratilova, the Williams sisters, King and a number of other tennis greats to ‘put a female tournament director’ in place in Rome to ensure equal prize money.