Iga Swiatek, the world number one has had a phenomenal year as she went on to clinch two Grand Slam titles of the year. She is the first Polish player to win the US Open title and has been reigning in the top spot after Ashleigh Barty’s sudden retirement.
Swiatek slammed the International Tennis Federation(ITF) and Women’s Tennis Association(WTA) for the tight scheduling of the matches which becomes very difficult for the female players to adapt to the conditions in the different time zones in such a short span that could add to the mental as well as physical fatigue. She said “I am dissatisfied, although I know that organizing everything is complicated. I am certainly irritated by the fact that the WTA and ITF federations did not work together to make our task easier.”
With just a day away from both the end and start of the tournaments, Swiatek expressed her disappointment about the scenario she has to face and is unsure regarding her participation in Scotland. She added “I don’t understand the schedule, I won’t lie that if I go far in the finals, I’ll have to play tired the next day so I cannot confirm whether I will represent Poland or not. I’m sorry.“
Iga Swiatek hopes to bring a change with her vote and prevent such timetables in the future
Swiatek, the three-time Grand Slam singles champion hopes to make the best use her status to take a stand and communicate with both the WTA and ITF federations to prevent such poor scheduling of the matches in the future and be a little considerate towards the players. She said, “I am in a position where I can have some influence and perhaps my vote will prevent it from happening again in the coming years.”
Swiatek has qualified for the WTA Finals, the annual tournament that pits the eight best players of the season against each other and is scheduled to take place in Dallas from 31st October-7th November. The Billie Jean King Cup Finals is the largest annual women’s international teams competition which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland from 8th November-13th November.
This is not the first time the Polish has vocal about her opinions and slammed the authority responsible for it. She had expressed her anger during the US Open when female players were given lighter balls for practice that were not suitable for the hard court while male players were given different balls to practice which were the regular hard-court balls.