Iga Swiatek opposes WTA’s scheduling that continuously is affecting ‘mental health and life balance’ for players

Iga Swiatek addressed the WTA's revised schedule for players and stressed its lack of mental health and physical well-being promotion.


Iga Swiatek opposes WTA’s scheduling that continuously is affecting ‘mental health and life balance’ for players

Iga Swiatek

Iga Swaitek recently addressed the WTA’s revised tournament schedule for players and opposed it owing to its nature not being on par with the conductive standards for players on the WTA Tour.

Furthermore, the Pole also highlighted how the changed calendar focuses more on the player’s extended duties and not on their mental health. She underscored that she wouldn’t ignore taking crucial measures that could compromise her well-being.

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While talking to Eurosport, the 22-year-old asserted that players would have to devote more energy towards participation because the tournament’s running schedule has been extended.

The calendar is changing towards even more duties, even greater expenditure of energy that we will have to devote while participating in tournaments, because the tournaments are also extended.
Iga Swiatek told to Eurosport

The Pole also stressed the downside for players with such a change to the calendar and resisted its changed form. Iga Swiatek emphasized an athlete’s life balance and mental and physical well-being.

To conclude her statement, the 22-year-old assured that she would make decisions conducive to the promotion of such crucial factors moving forward. Continuing further, she added:

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It is simply not conducive to what the WTA promotes in other aspects, i.e. mental health, life balance in any way, physical health. I would make decisions that would be more conducive to what they promote and support. 

For the uninitiated, the four-time Grand Slam title champion went through a rough patch in her performance this season. The Pole could not secure a spot past the fourth round of the 2023 Australian Open but later clinched her third French Open title after downing Karolina Muchova in the tournament’s summit clash.

However, Swiatek could not deliver similar results during her grass-court campaign. She lost a hard-fought battle to Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinal round of Wimbledon. The Pole experienced a similar fate during her US Open attendance after she was sent packing by Jelena Ostapenko in the event’s Round of 16.

Iga Swiatek overtakes Aryna Sabalenka to return as top seed at the 2024 Australian Open

Iga Swiatek recently restored her World No. 1 ranking from Aryna Sabalenka after she triumphed at the China Open and emerged victorious at the season’s concluding tournament, the WTA Finals. With this, the Pole will now enjoy the top seed spot at the upcoming Australian Open.

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Iga Swiatek

The 22-year-old lost her World No. 1 rank to Aryna Sabalenka after the Belarusian booked a spot in the final of the 2023 US Open. However, the Pole was quick to get back on her feet and overtook Sabalenka to become the year-end No. 1.

It is worth noting that the Belarusian will be looking to defend her title at the Australian Open and with it, reclaim her ranking from the 22-year-old. The top three seeds of the tournament will comprise Swiatek, Sabalenka, and Coco Gauff.

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