Women stars rebel against WTA!

The latest controversy from the players concerned the WTA Finals, what is happening between players and Steve Simon

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Women stars rebel against WTA!
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Coas on the women's Tour: the girls take sides and rebel against the WTA! According to The Athletic, more than 20 players decided on October 5, the day after the WTA 1000 in Beijing, to send a letter of protest to the WTA.

The subject of this is the prize money of the tennis players and the conditions of the tournaments that were played. Among the twenty players who made this choice there are Slam champions: Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina above all.

But Ons Jabeur, three-time Slam finalist, also joined the two colleagues. Other players, such as former world number one and 4 times Slam champion Iga Swiatek, have written an individual letter, with the aim of adding further pressure to a fight that has been going on for many months.

The first fight that the players want to face is certainly the salary issue. The request is a guaranteed annual payment of $500,000 for those who finish in the top 100, $200,000 for those who finish between 101-175 and $100,000 for those who finish between 175-250.

These are the numbers that come out of The Athletic article. According to the tennis players who signed the letter, economic support must also come to those who get injured and above all to mothers who have to look after their children.

It's not just the salary issue that arouses the anger of the players. They ask for greater visibility of their matches, they who are spectators of half-empty stands when they play. And when they play, they don't do it in the best conditions.

The latest controversy from the players concerned the WTA Finals. The court was not ready until two days after the debut of the first eight of the circuit, who were only able to train on this in the last 48 hours.

The WTA response

As The Athletic reports, the WTA's response to this letter has not arrived but Steve Simon has been dictating rules to the players for months.

The entrepreneur met some tennis players on the circuit, although none of these meetings ended with a good outcome. In fact, it transpires that players were pushed to say in interviews how happy they were to be playing in a prestigious event like the WTA Finals, wherever that may be.

Simon's idea, therefore, is to get Sabalenka and the rest of the circuit to always show support for the organization and to only highlight it. In Cancun, however, the situation has worsened. A player left the meeting before Simon finished giving the above-mentioned instructions.

The President not only condemned this attitude, but prohibited players representing the PTPA from being present. Not an easy situation for the WTA.

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