Known for Belittling Women’s Sports, Former WTA Pro Lands a Massive Role in Prestigous Tennis Tournament

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Daniela Hantuchova’s comments about WTA players have already raised a lot of eyebrows. But even after angering the circuit with her comments on ‘spoiled’ female tennis players for demanding equal pay, she is climbing the success ladder in her own way. Recently, the 40-year-old former player landed a massive Mutua Madrid Open deal, taking on a new role for 2024.
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Having been a player, Hantuchova knows the sport inside out. But after creating chaos with her compelling statement regarding the WTA players and their pay structure, she has now grabbed a new role for herself.
Daniela Hantuchova cracks a massive Madrid Open deal
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The Slovakian commentator is once again creating headlines, this time not because of something that she said but because of a new tennis role that she has grabbed recently. After being a tennis player, Daniela Hantuchova has tried the commentator’s role, and now, after giving so many years to the sport, she is ready to take on a management opportunity.
According to the Slovakian outlet SPORT.sk, the former WTA tennis player will have a managerial position and will become the representative for the player-media relationships. Along with that, she will also be the new ambassador for women tennis players at the Madrid Open.
She stated, “It’s a huge challenge, I’m looking forward to it. That – just like now when moderating and commenting on tournaments – looks like it’s still only about tennis. At the same time, it is a completely new robot.”(translated from Google) While this might be great career news for the former world number 5, the appointment of her as a manager at the Madrid Open is something that didn’t sit well with a lot of tennis players, looking into how she has angered them in the past.
Just a few months ago, Hantuchova shared a shocking statement and asked WTA players not to complain about unequal prize money. Let’s take a look at what Daniela Hantuchova said about the WTA players fighting for equal pay.
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When Hantuchova’s words created chaos!
A few months ago, in an interview, the former world number five openly criticized the current generation of women’s tennis players for asking for equal pay. Daniela Hantuchova boldly said, “It feels a bit like spoiling. Especially on the women’s circuit, where the prize money is what it is, and the girls certainly don’t work from four in the morning in a mine somewhere.”
Along with that, she also stated that the current generation of WTA players fighting for equal pay is a bit spoiled and that they don’t want to work for that much pay. While a lot of tennis fans online thought that the 40-year-old was getting misogynist, some wondered why she did not think about Venus Williams, Serena Williams, or even Billie Jean King’s impact on the sport.
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However, what are your thoughts on Hantuchova taking a new role in the sporting arena? Do let us know in the comment section below.
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