Iga Swiatek thinks the increasing number of retirements across tennis is "not a coincidence" and the Pole has warned the ATP and WTA that they should probably "take it easier" on the players. This week in Cincinnati, there have been several retirements in both the men's and women's events.
In the women's event, Elena Rybakina, Donna Vekic and Marie Bouzkova were all forced to retire mid-match due to injury. On Friday, Swiatek defeated Marketa Vondrousova in the Cincinnati quarterfinal. After the match, Swiatek acknowledged playing WTA 1000 events back-to-back is physically challenging.
Also, Swiatek said it is going to be "pretty extreme" if all WTA 1000 events become two-week events in the near future.
Swiatek warns the ATP, WTA: A sign to take it easy on us
"I think it's harder and harder. Tournaments, if they are longer, we have less time in between tournaments to recover.
I think it's going to be pretty extreme next year if all the 1000 tournaments are going to be almost two weeks. So I don't think it's a coincidence. I think it's a sign for WTA and ATP to kind of take it easy on us. On the other side, there's a business that they need to take care of.
Our season is actually going to get longer. I guess we are the ones that should be kind of responsible and know when to take a break and not really push because it's a race and it's a pretty long one. We have to be smart and your team has to be smart to make the right decisions.
I'm not surprised because, yeah, this swing is hard, especially with the delays and the weather that messed up the schedule in Montreal. It's hard to recover from playing two matches a day. I know that after Warsaw. It was a 250, so the pressure was a little bit different than a 1000.
Yeah, I understand that. I don't think it's a coincidence," Swiatek said, via Sportskeeda.
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