“We don’t work together,” Stan Wawrinka ridicules Australian Open for extending the tournament’s duration without consulting players

Stan Wawrinka unhappy with the Australian Open for not consulting the players before increasing the days for the events.


“We don’t work together,” Stan Wawrinka ridicules Australian Open for extending the tournament’s duration without consulting players

Stan Wawrinka and Craig Tiley, Chief of Tennis Australia (Credits: Tennis Head and The Australian)

Stan Wawrinka, a 3-time Grand Slam title winner, recently ridiculed the Australian Open team for their latest decision of preponing the tournament without consulting the players. The Australian Open revealed that they will start their matches on a Sunday instead of the usual Monday.

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By starting a day earlier, the tournament becomes a 15-day event, increasing the revenue by a day. However, none of the players will benefit from the increase in revenue as per the Swiss great. He also criticizes the organizers for this decision without consulting the players.

 “Tennis Australia showed up to say: “We’re starting on the first Sunday”, like that, thank you goodbye. Did anyone ask us what we thought about it? No. It’s like that. From the outside, you tell yourself that this is not normal! That means we don’t work together,” said the former Australian Open winner speaking with L’Equipe.

The Grand Slams are one of the many tournaments that generate heavy income during its couple of weeks of play. Despite this, many players are not getting as much income as they should from these tournaments. The prize money is there but the overall percentage of income is considerably less for tournaments that generate heavy revenue.

Stan Wawrinka shares his thoughts on the constant complaints about tournament ball changes

In a recent interview, 3-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka revealed the problems in Tennis are caused due to their lack of coordination and personal benefit. Lately, the players have been complaining about the difficulties they face due to the change in balls between tournaments, but the ATP organizers have done nothing for the players.

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Stan Wawrinka with his 2014 Australian Open trophy (Credits: The Ledger)

“When it comes to balls, the tournaments don’t want to agree because they all have a different sponsor, and at the same time we still have to fight to have enough to train with. The problem with tennis is that there are too many governances, too many different entities which only look out for their own interests. Today, the real problem in tennis is the Grand Slams” added the former World No. 3.

Wawrinka also believes that there should be more players at the table, with whom the organizers can discuss and reason out the problems. It is yet to be seen, how the ATP reacts to the constant complaints, but they do not show signs of improving.

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