The WTA Finals are considered the leading event of the year for tennis players, right after the Grand Slams. However, the women’s competition in Cancun, Mexico, was accompanied by a poor atmosphere. Iga Świątek drew attention to the turnout in the stands. The men’s tennis star reacted to her statement, causing confusion.
Iga Świątek, together with other tennis players, competes in Cancun, Mexico, as part of the WTA Finals. This is the annual season-ending event in which the eight best players of the year compete. After defeating Marketa Vondrousova, the Pole will face Coco Gauff, the winner of this year’s US Open.
Iga Świątek appealed to fans in Cancun
Świątek, like other tennis players, pointed out many problems during the tournament. Many people criticized the poor preparation of the main court. In addition, there is a loud letter from top players demanding major changes in the WTA.
After winning over her Czech rival, the Pole drew attention to another issue. The turnout in the stands in Cancun is not impressive. The runner-up of the ranking drew attention to the empty seats and appealed to fans to come and take their seats in the following days.
– I hope that we will be able to fill the stadium during the next matches, because there are many empty seats. Please come and watch our match. We give 100 percent in every match, said the Polish player.
Men’s tennis star under fire for tweet regarding Świątek
The video of Świątek’s statement was shared on Twitter. Nick Kyrgios reacted to it. The men’s tennis star, who was dropped from the ATP ranking due to an injury, commented on the film in one word. “Merger” can be translated as “fusion.” He thus referred to the idea of merging the WTA with the ATP in order to improve the image and position of tennis under one banner.
Although the idea does not seem controversial, the circumstances in which the Australian wrote the tweet meant that some fans perceived it as a mockery of Świątek. Fans accuse Kyrgios of the fact that he is not in the ATP ranking and that, unlike the Pole, he has never been number one in the ranking.