The court was put into use only two days before the tournament, poor quality of the surface, no fans in the stands. In addition, weather conditions torpedo the competition – wind and rain. This is what the reality of the WTA Finals 2023 looks like.
No wonder then the frustration of the best eight players of the past year is enormous. They do not intend to hide it, venting their irritation at post-match press conferences and on social media.
WTA Finals 2023 in Cancun. Iga Świątek talks about shame, the head of women’s tennis responds
However, the criticism does not concern only the struggles in Cancun. This concerns all activities of the WTA authorities. Iga Świątek also spoke on this matter.
– Changes to tournament regulations impose more and more burdens on players. There are to be more compulsory tournaments, including two-week ones, which means there is no possibility of rest. The season is getting longer and no one asks us for our opinion on these matters. We only receive information from the WTA that such decisions have been made. It can’t be like this. Besides, it’s not just my opinion that something needs to change in this matter – said the Pole after meeting Coco Gauff.
– I realize that the decision to play here was made very late, but marketing must be better. It’s actually a bit of a shame that we’re playing in half-empty stands. It should be a tennis celebration, but it is what it is – added Iga, referring directly to the organization of the tournament in Cancun.
It’s actually a bit of a shame that we’re playing in half-empty stands. It should be a tennis celebration, but it is what it is.
~ Iga Świątek
Thursday on repeated charges replied WTA director Steve Simon.
“It’s clear that you are not happy with the decision to be here in Cancun. I understand that and your voice has been heard. I know this is not where you expected to be, but the decision to be here in Cancun was made based on a number of complicated factors . This isn’t a perfect party. I understand that the conditions are difficult and the WTA obviously takes responsibility for that” – this is the content of the statement of the American, who has been the head of the WTA for eight years.
Simon also assured that there will be tennis players next season all changes to the game calendar and regulations will be informed in advance.
Świątek remains the leader of Group B in this year’s WTA Finals. This is the result of winning meetings with Marketa Vondrousova and Coco Gauff. The last match of the group phase will be played on the night from Friday to Saturday, Polish time. Opposite her will be the Tunisian Ons Jabeur.