Jessica Pegula shares thoughts on Iga Swiatek's harsh criticism of ITF, WTA

Swiatek is out of the BJK Cup Finals because of an 'unsafe schedule.'

by Dzevad Mesic
Jessica Pegula shares thoughts on Iga Swiatek's harsh criticism of ITF, WTA

World No. 6 Jessica Pegula feels Iga Swiatek deciding to miss the Billie Jean King Cup is the best indication that something needs to change regarding the tennis schedule. Last week, 2022 US Open champion Swiatek announced her withdrawal from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

Swiatek, who has won seven titles this season, is planning to compete at the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, between October 31-November 07. The day after the final at the WTA Finals, the Billie Jean King Cup Finals kicks off. "Just to let everyone know that it's affecting her, it's affecting players.

I'm sure it wasn't easy for her deciding not to represent Poland. It means it needs to change," Pegula said.

Pegula agrees with Swiatek there needs to be a change

Earlier this year, Swiatek helped Poland win their qualifying tie and seal a Billie Jean King Cup Finals spot.

Swiatek is very open to representing Poland, but she will not be competing at this year's Billie Jean King Cup Finals because she feels it would just be too risky. "I was thinking it through a lot and discussing it with my team all over again, but I will not be able to play at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow," Swiatek said in a message posted on her Instagram Story.

"And it makes me sad. I'm very sorry because I play for Poland whenever it is possible and I always give it my best. Playing in Poland this year was an honour and I hoped to do this again at the end of the season. I'm disappointed that tennis governing bodies did not come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel through the globe and changing the time zone.

This situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury. I'm going to talk to the WTA and ITF in order to change something. This situation is difficult not only for the players like me but mainly for the tennis fans that support our sport."

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