Interview Ana Salas: “Males’s tennis sells greater than girls’s”

Interview Ana Salas: “Males’s tennis sells greater than girls’s”

Massive week of tennis on the Levantine coast with the celebration of the Faulcombridge Cup and the Valencia Metropolis Opentwo top-class tournaments to position the Valencia Tennis Membership as a compulsory go to on this month of November. Whereas Pablo Andujar debuts in entrance of the boys’s field, Ana Salas (Madrid, 1972) repeats as director of the ladies’s contest, a lady pleased to see the expansion of the occasion, though this entails many extra efforts and obligations.

Another season, Punto de Break attends this illustrious occasion on our calendar in particular person, so beginning at the moment we promise to deliver you a interview every day with certainly one of its protagonists. For those who like, we begin with a half-hour chat with Ana Salas, a face presently identified for her feedback on Movistar, though few know her story as an expert participant. If we add to this the controversy in regards to the lack of consideration that the WTA circuit receives, we’re left with a scrumptious dialog.

Sixth version of the event, second with you as director. The sensation is that this doesn’t cease rising.

From the second I arrived there was already development, then the event went from 60K to 80K. This yr, along with including the boys’ event, our development has gone by changing into an 80K+H, which suggests giving extra factors, higher situations and higher high quality of gamers. We have additionally grown in communication and providers, issues that possibly aren’t seen as a lot as prize cash.

What does it imply to share every week with the boys?

I’m a type of who assume that ladies’s tennis is strengthened by the boys’s hand, we all know that the boys have extra pull and repercussion, I additionally assume that will probably be like this for a very long time, so it’s handy for girls’s tennis to do most of these weeks, like within the Grand Slams. After all, there are various individuals who come to see a girls’s event as a result of they prefer it, however there can even be others who discover it and uncover that they nonetheless prefer it greater than the boys’s one. For us it means extra affect, we wish to reap the benefits of that noise that an ATP event all the time makes.

For these of us who dream of seeing girls’s tennis on the identical stage as males’s, is it a dropping battle?

It isn’t a battle misplaced or gained, it is simply what it’s. There are fewer girls enjoying tennis, traditionally we began enjoying sports activities a lot later, so we have now to carry on to that benefit that males’s sports activities have over girls’s. There are increasingly girls who observe extremely aggressive sports activities, however every thing is a course of, it is going to take us some time to meet up with males. Maybe sooner or later, however for the second we’re in that course of, we additionally wouldn’t have to say issues which might be clear on paper: at the moment, males’s tennis sells greater than girls’s. We’ve to be good and be on their facet to push ourselves.

Garbiñe Muguruza denounced this week that there was nonetheless machismo inside skilled tennis.

There’s a lot to do in sport, generally, however I feel that in tennis we can not complain. I labored for a time at IBP to equalize the prizes of nationwide tournaments and it was accomplished immediately, regardless of there being a lot fewer occasions for girls than for males. In tennis it’s the place we can not complain, however it’s clear that there’s nonetheless quite a bit to advance, particularly within the deal.

Why is it so onerous to promote girls’s tennis?

An essential issue is the bodily capability of the boys, that makes their matches extra spectacular, extra creative or extra stunning, that is why it sells higher. If we examine what has occurred in soccer, maybe extra assets are wanted on the communication stage, extra girls’s tennis is placed on, extra characters are offered on the circuit, and so on. There are a number of causes, it isn’t only one, however I’m going again to earlier than: it’s a entire course of. We can not anticipate girls’s tennis to blow up in a single day, though if all of us do it collectively it could be a lot simpler. Think about a males’s and girls’s masters event in the identical week, I am certain individuals would see it.

I lately learn Dmitry Tursunov assuring that ladies’s tennis is a sport of errors, unattainable to see in males. He even mentioned that many ladies gained by giving solely 50% of their effort, that there was no competitors.

I don’t agree in any respect, in males there are additionally gamers who don’t give 100% or gamers who make many errors. It’s true that the present pattern is to hit from behind with flat photographs, though profiles like Swiatek assist to vary it. These statements solely hurt girls’s tennis, or coaches who on social networks guarantee that ladies’s tennis has no curiosity. Why do you say this? It would not have it for you, however for many individuals it does, what we have now to do is unite it and strengthen it.

Now that you have been engaged on tv for some time, is there machismo within the media?

In my case, working at Movistar, I’ve all the time felt valued by my colleagues, whereas there have been different males who weren’t as convincing and that’s the reason they’re now not right here. There may be all the time a little bit of machismo, all through my profession I’ve seen it, however many of the occasions it occurs not consciously, so it isn’t price rebounding, you simply must make it identified with respect, giving high quality to your work in order that it speaks for you.

Listening to sure individuals, it looks as if a protracted street…

We girls will need to have persistence and head, we don’t achieve something with complaints or that fixed declare that may get tiring, it’s higher to all the time make it identified and proceed working with humility, exhibiting that we’re price it. There are a lot of occasions when the lady claims however then she doesn’t display along with her work, she doesn’t display that she is as much as the duty or that her work might be offered in the identical method.

Let’s discuss in regards to the event, what hyperlink do you might have with Valencia?

Nicely, it is humorous, as a result of I performed the Faulcombridge Cup a few years in the past, when it was girls and boys. After all I’ve come right here quite a bit to play, I’ve identified the individuals who have all the time labored at this membership, though my lifelong membership has been the Chamartín Tennis Membership.

Many individuals won’t realize it, however you have been a participant.

My profession was very peculiar, I began very late. I performed my first skilled crew on the age of 19, my father was my coach all my life and he experimented a bit with journey. I performed from 19 to 27, the age at which I obtained my greatest rating: 275th. I keep in mind that on the age of 15 I requested my father to take me out of faculty as a result of what he wished was to play tennis, when at that age we already had Jennifer Capriati being probably the greatest on the planet, however I used to be clear about it. My intention was to play till I used to be 25 after which examine for a profession.

And your dad and mom accepted?

Sure, however they informed them every thing to take heed to me. After all, then I saved my phrase, that is why I ended up founding Bepro, to assist athletes practice right here.

I want they might have helped you at the moment.

It’s true that I had no assets, my father accompanied me on each journey, we went with a van during which we slept as a result of we didn’t have cash. We spent two years touring Europe, enjoying ITF and spending the night time within the membership’s campsites. For me it was full happiness, that was my dream, till my father needed to keep at residence to deal with my different siblings after which I started to journey alone, till I linked my WTA skilled profession with the +35 senior circuit, so I’ve by no means stopped competing.

The tennis participant is proud of a racket in hand, even within the worst situations.

I used to be all the time conscious that I used to be already late, there have been women a lot youthful than me, however I used to be very clear: tennis was what I preferred essentially the most. I wished to check myself, see how far I might go, every thing I earned enjoying groups I invested within the WTA circuit, however with out assets and fully alone. That’s the reason I’m so happy with my rating, though those that don’t perceive a lot will imagine that being 275th is nugatory. Tennis forces you to be humble, it’s that humility of not understanding the place you may go that makes you proceed. There are individuals who attain very excessive and don’t discover that happiness.

As a senior you might have gained the ITF World Tennis Masters 12 occasions, there you took revenge on all the above.

I like enjoying tennis a lot that it is like a drug, you may’t cease competing. Once I began working on the Madrid Tennis Federation, I wished to proceed competing, so I entered the Grasp circuit, which is the +35 senior circuit, however I did it whereas nonetheless having some rating, since from 30 to 35 I used to be nonetheless enjoying some ITF tournaments whereas teaching different gamers. Due to that stage that I maintained, I used to be in a position to win the world championship many occasions, each in +35, +40 and +45. So as much as twelve.


It motivates me quite a bit, that is why I practice each day. These final three years have been chaotic as a result of pandemic, I even had a critical neck damage, however now I am tremendous once more and subsequent yr you will see me in Turkey in one other world championship. Go for 12+1.

How lengthy do you see your self competing?

There’s a class +90… (laughs)

In a technique or one other, you might have all the time been linked to tennis.

It has been all pure, they’ve been calling me from right here, from TV, I’ve arrange my basis to assist all sports activities, and so on. Naturally I’ve continued to compete, I really like tennis in all its aspects however none is corresponding to competing, even in an newbie Masters event. It is going to be a defect that I’ve, I do not know, however it isn’t compelled that I’m so concerned in lots of areas of tennis.

For individuals who are studying us and are interested by whether or not or to not come to the Valencia Tennis Membership this week, what do we are saying?

Nicely, it is an exquisite membership, within the middle of Valencia and an incomparable setting, plus the climate will probably be good, the wind is working out. We’ve girls and boys enjoying, it is good to see that distinction, in addition to many different actions round tennis. You probably have younger kids, seeing a participant preventing on the court docket brings lots of worth, a aggressive sport is all the time admirable. The costs are completely inexpensive and the Middle Courtroom is large, from 10:00 within the morning till night time it may be virtually ten hours of tennis. We look forward to you!

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