Sport in brief
Organisers of the Italian Open and Tour officials came under fire on social media after it emerged that Rome men’s champion Novak Djokovic took home €10 more in prize money than women’s winner Simona Halep. Djokovic, who beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3, received €205,200 for his triumph, while Halep won €10 less for sealing the WTA Premier 5 title after Karolina
Pliskova retired from the final with injury when she was trailing 6-0, 2-1. “People who made a pay gap in cents are misogynists,” was just one adverse comment written on Twitter.
Saracens will have Michael Rhodes available for their Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92 in Paris this weekend after a citing complaint against the flanker was dismissed last night. Rhodes was alleged to have struck Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw with his head during Saracens’ quarter-final against Leinster last Saturday. An independent disciplinary committee decided that Rhodes had committed a foul, but it could not be proven to the required standard that contact had been made with Henshaw’s head.