Pam Shriver calls for Serena Williams and other WTA athletes to purchase Italian Open
Former World No.3 Pam Shriver has called upon WTA stars past and present to form a syndicate through which they could purchase the Internazionali BNL D'Italia Rome, in order to improve the conditions for female tennis players.
The former US Open finalist took to Twitter to call for a change in the tournament direction.
“It’s time to get a former @WTA player syndicate together (MN, CE, BJK, MS, SW, VW, KC,LD…) and buy the women’s Italian Open tournament, put a female tournament director in place and either it stays in Rome with equal prize money or find a new city. @SerenaVentures let’s do this!” wrote the retired American player.
Following her retirement from the sport, Shriver has taken up tennis commentary and analysis for ESPN and BBC. The 59-year old is often outspoken regarding issues surrounding gender equality, especially when it comes to female athletes.
Williams is a four-time champion in Rome, and participated in the tournament last year. It was in fact, the only WTA 1000 event that the 23-time Grand Slam champion competed at in 2021, losing in the second round to Nadia Podoroska.