This is an issue that is sure to raise its head in the coming months following recent calls for a merger between male ATP and female WTA tours – which Pliskova supports. There is currently a salary equal to the four Grand Slam tournaments but a great disparity during the rest of the year.
Asked whether a possible merger between the two tours should provide equal pay, Pliskova told the PA news agency: “I don’t think so and I don’t want to. But I don’t like men who complain that we would receive the same money. I think it’s super weak on their part that they are complaining that we have the same money as them.
“The only time it’s true is at the Grand Slam. I understand that they are playing longer, but they are men. They are stronger than us. I do not see the reason why we should compare ourselves. I don’t have to have the same price as men. But having the same chance of playing on center court or having the same chance of being on TV, that should be possible with these changes. “
Pliskova, who reached the US Open final in 2016, is one of a growing number of players – from both tours – who would support the merger. She added, “I think for the women’s tour it can only help. I don’t know exactly what they are talking about, but if there is a chance to say yes, I would say yes.
“It also has to be positive for ATP, so they have to find a balance, so it’s a step forward for both. It could take a few years to get started. It will be different, but I don’t think it would change that much for the players. It would be a good step. “
Pliskova has not played since the Qatar Open in February due to the coronavirus pandemic that closed the WTA circuit and there will be no resumption until the end of July. But the 28-year-old, who says she would be happy to head to America for the scheduled hard court swing in August, is ready to return to action in the LiveScore Cup.
Pliskova will be joined by her twin sister, Kristyna, Marketa Vondrousova, Karolina Muchova, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Barbora Strycova for a closed door round robin in Prague. “I’m excited, it’s been a long time, I miss the games, I’ve played with guys and coaches so I’m looking forward to playing with girls,” she said.