Organisers of the Italian Open and the tennis Tours came under fire on social media after it emerged that Rome men's champion Novak Djokovic was paid 10 euros more than women's winner Simona Halep.
Djokovic, who beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 for a record 36th ATP Masters 1000 crown, received 205,200 euros for his triumph while Halep won 10 euros less for sealing the WTA Premier 5 title after Karolina Pliskova retired from the final with injury.
But even as tennis' Grand Slams pushed for parity in prize money, fans vented their ire that Halep's prize frustratingly fell short.
"People who made a pay gap in cents are misogynists. Period," one said on Twitter.
"I almost feel like - if they so badly need those 10 euros to feel better about their manhood - hell's bells give it to 'em," another said.