Martina Navratilova is unhappy, and it seems as if she might have a point: she has revealed that while she was paid around £15,000 for her work providing commentary on the BBC's Olympic coverage, she thinks her fellow pundit John McEnroe received much more: around £150,000.
The Tory MP said: 'There can be no excuse for Martina Navratilova being paid 10 per cent of what John McEnroe earns for broadcasting on the BBC during Wimbledon.
Navratilova, 61, who is considered one of the finest women's tennis players of all time, said that the pay difference proved that male voices were still valued more highly than women's.
To say "gender isn't a factor" when explaining why McEnroe (who won 77 singles titles in his career) gets paid ten times more than Navratilova, (167 singles titles), is downright ridiculous. However, on the BBC News website, the company says the two commentators are on different contracts and that Navratilova appears less than McEnroe does. He is widely considered to be the best expert/commentator in the sport, highly valued by our audiences and his contract means he can not work for another United Kingdom broadcaster without our permission.
The BBC's gender pay gap issue has come under fresh scrutiny following claims over the wages of its sports presenters. "I may still have to leave the BBC", she said.
When told that the BBC may use McEnroe's greater hours as a defense, Navratilova said the disparity still didn't add up. She added that her agent will now push for a higher pay rate.
She told Panorama: "I do know that I have sat beside men on TV doing the same job, probably (with) the same experience or I might have been even more experienced, and I know they were earning more than me".
"We were not told the truth, that's for sure".
"It's extremely unfair and it makes me very angry for the other women that go through this".
"That doesn't mean, however, there won't be instances and cases where there is inequality and we need to address those".
Figures publicly disclosed by the broadcaster a year ago revealed that McEnroe's salary falls within the £150,000-£200,000 bracket. Only one third were women and the top 7 were men. This in turn resulted in 40 of its high-profile female presenters, like Clare Balding, Fiona Bruce and Emily Maitlis, to call for change in an open letter to director general, Tony Hall, asking him to "act now" and tackle the gender pay gap.