The world No. 1 takes over the tennis calendar
Tennis world number one Iga Swiatek has criticized the sport’s governing bodies and their management of the tournament calendar.
Swiatek will not play for Poland in next month’s Billie Jean King Cup final in Glasgow due to a scheduling conflict.
Swiatek had helped Poland qualify for the final in April, but the tournament will take place from November 8-13, just one day after the WTA season finale to be held in Fort Worth, Texas this year.
“I’ve thought about it a lot and talked about it with my team, but I won’t be able to play the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow. And that makes me sad,” she said on Instagram.
“I’m really sorry, because I play for Poland whenever possible and I always do my best. Playing in Poland this year was an honor and I was hoping to do it again at the end of the season.
“I’m disappointed that the tennis governing bodies couldn’t come to an agreement on something as basic as the tournament schedule, giving us just one day to travel around the world and change the time zone.”
While the WTA Finals are organized by the women’s tennis body, the Billie Jean King Cup – formerly known as the Federation Cup – is managed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
“This situation is not safe for our health and could cause injuries. I will talk to the WTA and the ITF in order to change something,” added Swiatek.
“This situation is difficult not only for players like me, but especially for tennis fans who support our sport.”
The Billie Jean King Cup will see 12 teams compete in four round robin groups of three teams each, with the group winners advancing to the semi-finals. Poland are in Group D with the Czech Republic and the United States.