World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has called French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo's comments as "disappointing." On Wednesday, Mauresmo addressed the media and there she was asked about the women not getting night session matches.
In the first 10 days, only one women's match was scheduled for the night session. When Mauresmo was asked about that, she said the men are more appealing tnat they are just giving the audience what they want. "In this era we are in right now - and as a woman, a former woman's player, I don't feel bad or unfair saying this - you have more attraction and appeal, in general, for the men's matches," Mauresmo said.
Swiatek on the Mauresmo comments
Swiatek, who is the new face of the women's game, described Mauresmo comments as both disappointing and surprising. "Oh, it is a little bit disapppointing and surprising because she was also on the WTA.
But, well, the thing is, from my point of view, for every player it's more convenient to play at normal hour, but for sure I want to entertain and I also want to show my best tennis in every match," Swiatek explained, per Musab Abid.
"So for me I'm always focused on the same way when I'm going out, it doesn't matter if it's day session or night sessions. But, yeah, it's a little bit disappointing."
Meanwhile, Swiatek defeated Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-2 to progress into the French Open semifinal.
Iga Swiatek called Mauresmo's comments "disappointing", before pointing out the appealing aspects of women's tennis.
"Some may say women's tennis is unpredictable & girls are not consistent.
Swiatek has continued her dominance at the French Open as she has now won her last 33 matches. Swiatek, who hasn't lost a match since mid-February, is now just two wins away from winning her second Grand Slam title.
Swiatek, who turned 21 on Tuesday, captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2020. Swiatek plays Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina in the semifinal at Roland Garros.