Wimbledon and gender bias. It's almost become a yearly tradition along with the all-white outfits and strawberries and cream.
In 2007, Wimbledon became the last Grand Slam to offer equal prize money to its male and female champion. This year, research has backed up what players have been complaining about for years -- that men get more matches on the feature courts than women. In 2015, 66 percent of matches scheduled to be played on the two main show-courts featured men while in 2016 it was 58 percent.
Complaints of gender bias in scheduling gained new attention this year when two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka had to wait all day for her match, keeping her away from her six-month old son Leo while she waited and waited for a court assignment. Then world No. 1 Angelique Kerber was relegated to Court 2 for a match.
Even Andy Murray got involved. "We need to find a way of allowing for an equal split of the men's and women's matches across the tournament," he said.
Wimbledon officials counter that scheduling is difficult. No doubt it is. But it's also not rocket science. Other Grand Slams have found an equitable split. Wimbledon should be able to, as well.