Unfortunately, the WTA once again did not help the tennis players and did not organize the calendar in a way that did not expose season-weary players to additional tiring flights. on the contrary. The best tennis players first participated in the US Open in New York, then in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Asian part of the season has now begun, first in Tokyo and then in Beijing. The top eight players in the WTA Race Rankings will then have to return to Mexico to play the WTA Finals in Cancun. Some of them will travel to Seville literally the day after their final match to fight in the Billie Jean King Trophy Finals.
What is the problem? The WTA authorities once again failed to announce the organizer of the finals on time. They did this a few weeks before the event, and it’s no secret that the best tennis players plan their logistics several weeks in advance.
The second objection is logistics. The World Federation should know better where it will hold its championships on a certain date. It is difficult to argue with the fact that if the city of Prague, Czech Republic, which was trying so hard to organize, had been chosen as the organizer of the WTA Finals, tennis players would not have had to travel halfway around the world after the tournament. On to the next.
Moreover, as Sports Kida wrote, the WTA has invested $6 million in building a new stadium in Cancun. This means that a city was selected that, at the time of application, did not even have a facility that could meet WTA standards.
A new facility is currently under construction in Cancun. Tournament director Gustavo Santosqui revealed that the stadium is designed to accommodate 4,000 spectators. Spectators, with two alternative training fields.
Santosqui also revealed that the WTA Finals will have a prize pool of $9 million, with additional funds allocated to cover the costs of building a new stadium. This would result in total expenditures of approximately $14 to $15 million. From the WTA budget.
Iga Świątek, who has already secured one of the eight places, will participate in the tournament. Our representative will play in the WTA Finals for the third time. In 2021, the 22-year-old was unable to leave the group, and last year she reached the semi-finals. Will there be a final this time?
I wish one thing for the WTA: that the rumors about a merger with the ATP come true as soon as possible and that the women’s federation has the same quality as the men’s federation.
source:Onet Sports Review
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