Christmas holidays could be longer
The winner of four Grand Slam tournaments, including this year’s Roland Garros, cannot afford a longer vacation. The tennis season is underway. Wimbledon has ended where the Polish woman lost in the quarterfinals to Elina Switolina and playing time on grass courts, and the period of playing on hard courts begins.
The fact that the surface on Legia’s courts has been changed is of decisive importance. Last year, tennis players played on clay. Świątek announced that she would not appear on clay courts at this point in the season.
Swiatek will start it next week. At the modernized Legia facility, he will perform at the BNP Paribas Warsaw Open. This is the third edition of this tournament, the only WTA rank in Poland. For the 22-year-old Polish tennis player, starting in it was not necessary. She could indeed still be on vacation. However, he will appear in the capital.
Small tournament, low ranking points
If you take into account the purely ranking aspect, this start from the point of view of Świątek makes no sense. In case of victory, the Polish woman would receive 280 points, i.e. it would increase its point output minimally. It would have no effect on the ratings and defense of the first position.
This year, the player from Raszów scored the fewest points in a WTA 250 tournament – in Bad Homburg. She got 110 points for the semi-final. It was her only start in the lowest rank WTA tournaments (WTA 125 tournaments are treated as so-called challengers, tournaments of the second category – note ok).
For comparison, Świątek, taking part in the last 12 months in the so-called. “five hundred” least earned in United Cup (125 points)for the final in Ostrava – 305 points, and for victories in San Diego, Doha and Stuttgart – 470 points each
Three reasons for the start of Iga Świątek in Warsaw
So why is Świątek starting in Warsaw? Firstly, for the same reason as recently in Bad Homburg. This so-called tournament guiding before the new part of the season, familiarization in the heat of the fight with hard surface, solid training plus competition. The fact that the surface on Legia’s courts has been changed is of decisive importance. Last year, tennis players played on clay. Świątek announced that she would not appear on clay courts at this point in the season.
Secondly, the leader of the ranking plays in the capital due to the fact that The Warsaw Open is co-organized by the player’s father, Tomasz Świątek. His company Tennis Consulting is the tournament’s subcontractor, although the owner is the WTA and the license holder is the Octagon management agency.