It is undeniably one of the great sports events on the planet — one that has come a long way in its attitude toward outsiders in the 27 years since my first visit.
Once a place where the reflexive response was too often “no,” Wimbledon has evolved, its administrators adopting a more open and consensual approach to constructive criticism.
They even finally agreed — under duress — to equal prize money for men and women at the 2007 championships and continue to give women big windows of visibility, particularly for singles matches during the second week, with stand-alone days for the quarterfinals and semifinals.
But Wimbledon’s approach to the bustling tennis day appropriately known as Manic Monday continues to undermine some of that progress.
Equal pay should be coupled with equal treatment, and the decision to stage two men’s singles matches and one women’s singles match each on Centre Court and No. 1 Court no longer adds up. Kerber and Muguruza both expressed surprise, but no rage, at their court assignment on Monday, with Kerber saying she planned to share her reaction with Wimbledon organizers. Other women’s…