Ashleigh Barty could skip WTA Finals in Mexico over ridiculous location, conditions



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Ashleigh Barty could skip WTA Finals in Mexico over ridiculous location, conditions

Coach Craig Tyzzer has revealed that there is a chance that world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will skip the WTA Finals in Mexico due to the ridiculous location, timing and conditions for the prestigious event. As China is not hosting any events during the pandemic, the city of Guadalajara was named the host for for 2021 WTA Finals.

Two years ago, Barty won the WTA Finals in Shenzhen. "We only just found out it's in Mexico at 1500 metres (above sea level) and they're using pressure-less balls," Tyzzer told AAP. "Pressure-less balls absolutely fly.

It's a ball that if you use it in normal conditions, it doesn't bounce. "I mean, it's not the greatest advertisement for the best girls in the world to be playing something they've never done before. "In conditions they've never played, in a country they don't play and at altitude, I just feel it's ridiculous.

"As a spectacle, it's just frightening."

Barty will soon return home

Barty hasn't been in Australia since the Australian Open. After the Indian Wells Masters, Barty will return home. "She needs to get home, she's a super homebody," Tyzzer said.

"Indian Wells is still on the radar but she just needs a rest. She was physically and mentally exhausted. "So I told her to just get away and have a holiday and just refresh everything. "We'll probably make a decision at the end of the week about what she's going to do depending on where she's at.

"But it certainly isn't easy for us to get there and to play that event in Mexico and then to come back and have to do two (more) weeks (in quarantine) and then your summer is sort of ruined as well. "It's a decision we'll have to sit and mull over quite a bit." Barty last played at the US Open, where she suffered a shock third round exit.