World number one Iga Swiatek has withdrawn from the Billie Jean King Cup final and criticized the WTA and ITF for their “failure” to agree on a “safe tennis schedule”. Swiatek, who has won two Grand Slam titles this year, is set to compete in the WTA Finals, which will take place in Fort Worth, Texas from October 31 to November 07.
The day after the WTA Finals, the Billie Jean King Cup Finals will begin in Glasgow. Swiatek, who helped Poland reach the Billie Jean King Cup final earlier this year, said his aim was to represent in Glasgow.
But she felt that traveling directly from the US to Glasgow, changing time zones and dealing with jet lag, could put her health at risk.
Swiatek criticizes the WTA and the ITF
“I’ve thought about it a lot and discussed it with my team, but I won’t be able to play the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow,” Swiatek said in a post on his Instagram story.
“And that makes me sad. 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 am disappointed that the tennis governing bodies have not reached an agreement on something as basic as the tournament schedule, giving us only one day to travel around the world and change the time zone hourly.
This situation is not without danger for our health and could cause injuries. I will talk to the WTA and the ITF to change something. This situation is difficult not only for players like me but especially for tennis fans who support our sport.”
Meanwhile, Swiatek is the highest ranked player in Ostrava this week. After a first-round bye, Swiatek is set to kick off his campaign from the Round of 16 against Ajla Tomljanovic.