Steve Simon harshly attacks those who accuse the WTA of imminent failure

The WTA CEO one again answer those who attacks the WTA

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Steve Simon harshly attacks those who accuse the WTA of imminent failure
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The response from WTA CEO Steve Simon was not long in coming in recent days, who, through Sport Polonia, responded to the harsh accusations of failure, perpetuated by vice-president of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation Yuri Polsky.

"WTA is in a healthy financial position, a merger with the ATP is not under consideration and we are excited about our future as we continue to grow and expand women's tennis. Earlier this year, the WTA announced a $400 million increase in player compensation over the next 10 years, maintaining the WTA's position as the world's leading women's sports organization," explained Simon.

CEO he thus denied Polsky's words, which caused such a sensation on social media, opening a real public debate among the enthusiasts themselves.

What happened

The shocking revelation was launched by the vice-president of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation Yuri Polsky, who did not hide and made known the difficulties that the association representing tennis players is experiencing.

"The WTA could declare bankruptcy by 2026 if there is no merger with the ATP. They could go bankrupt if the financial situation does not change. It's the reason they're focusing on increasing the value of the bigger tournaments, making the 250 essentially irrelevant.

For the WTA it is a question of survival, for the ATP a question of reputation. ATP leaders don't want the WTA to collapse because the prospects would be grim. The ATP is in good financial shape and the players have pension funds.

It remains to be seen under what conditions this merger can take place and to what extent the ATP is willing to help the WTA. There is an undeniable reality: men's tennis generates much more media attention and revenue than women's tennis.

What the ATP is proposing is to group the television rights, for example, to sell them in a single package," he said in an interesting interview with Championat. The 2023 women's season of the WTA circuit will end with the WTA Finals in Cancun (Mexico) in which the world number 1 Aryna Sabalenka, the Polish and Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek, the US Open champion Coco Gauff, the Kazakh and AO finalist Elena Rybakina, the American Jessica Pegula, the Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondroušová and the Greek Maria Sakkari.

Steve Simon