‘It Makes Me Sad’ – Iga Swiatek Criticizes ‘Not Safe’ Tennis Program, Withdraws From Billie Jean King Cup | Tech Rasta

Iga Swiatek has withdrawn from the Billie Jean King Cup and lamented a schedule on the women’s tennis circuit which she says is “unsafe” for players.

The 21-year-old told her fans she was “very sorry”, “disappointed” and “sad” to have to retire from the competition, where she hoped to represent Poland again.

But the world No. 1 explained in a statement posted on her Instagram account that she could not participate due to the condensed tennis schedule, as she cited the failure of the WTA and ITF to “achieve an agreement on something as fundamental as the tournament calendar”.

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“I have thought about it a lot and I have discussed it again with my team, but I will not be able to play in the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow,” Swiatek said in his statement.

“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’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.

“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.

“This situation is difficult not only for players like me, but especially for tennis fans who support our sport.”

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