Iga Swiatek shares why she has used her voice to criticize WTA

World No. 1 Swiatek criticized the WTA a couple of instances this year.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek shares why she has used her voice to criticize WTA
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Iga Swiatek says she realized the top players were "treated differently" when she became the world No 1 and suggested that wanting to be a leader for all players was the reason why she criticized the WTA in several instances.

Swiatek, who broke into the top-10 for the first time just before her 20nd birthday in 2021 May, reached the world No 1 spot for the first time on April 4th, 2022. Since establishing herself as one of the best players in the world, Swiatek seemingly noticed that the way she was treated changed for the better.

This year, Swiatek criticized the long and demanding WTA calendar and made it clear that their plans for the future will only make it worse for the players. Also, Swiatek called out late finishes in tennis and criticized the 2023 WTA Finals organization.

Swiatek on criticizing the WTA

"In fact, when I became number one, I could see how top players were treated differently. And the players who are just rising. I would say that on the court itself, it obviously doesn't matter where it comes from or what his history is, because how it plays and what it achieves will depend on what it shows on the court.

And off the court? Well, you can actually feel the difference. I just did it a few times. I have raised some things in the media and criticized the WTA at times, so I realize this may be uncomfortable for them. But I also just try to be a leader who stands behind the players.

The main priority is for the players to be well, because without us, it wouldn't exist and sometimes I would just be in the world of business and money. I think it's easy for corporations like this to forget that we should be the backbone of it all.

And I try to remind myself of this, which sometimes may not be convenient when we are discussing some issues and I have different opinions than these," Swiatek told Grupa PZU.

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