Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon
Author: Elizabeth Wilson
Translator: Zhong Yujue
The overall prize money for the upcoming French Open will be 8% higher than in 2018 in order to reduce the disparity among players in different rankings.
Prize money for male and female players has become a major point of debate. Last year, former French champion Ion Tiriac publicly opposed equal pay for male and female players. Serbian player Novak Djokovic also spoke of similar stance a few years ago. As a matter of fact, equal pay for male and female players is not in place for long, even only started at Wimbledon in 2007.
Apart from prize money, clothing has emerged as another gender equality dispute within the tennis world. Once upon a time, a corset and a crinoline dress were considered appropriate female attire for tennis. A few decades ago, female tennis players who exposed their panties while playing would make news headlines.
For more than a hundred years, tennis has transformed itself from a pastime into a business, providing countless stories for Elizabeth Wilson to record in her book Love Game. This book includes lots of old stories about tennis which might seem unimaginable to people nowadays.
The word ‘love’ in the book’s title means zero points in tennis scoring parlance, but also tactically by meaning implying the strong bond between tennis and gender relations. Its rich and fascinating content is totally worth reading.