WTA CEO letter to WTA Finals participants revealed amid players' complaints

Steve Simon addressed players' complaints in Cancun.

by Dzevad Mesic
WTA CEO letter to WTA Finals participants revealed amid players' complaints
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WTA CEO Steve Simon acknowledged in his letter to WTA Finals participants that the conditions in Cancun are not perfect. When the players arrived in Cancun early last week, the stadium construction was still ongoing. On Saturday - the day before the start of the tournament - the players had a chance to hit on the court for the first time.

After hitting and playing on the court, pretty much all participants expressed their displeasure with the court conditions. World No 1 Aryna Sabalenka was the harshest in her criticism, calling the court "unsafe" and saying that was "another level of disrespect by the WTA." Also, Cancun's tricky weather conditions have been another challenge to deal with.

WTA CEO Simon's letter to the players

Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated obtained a letter that WTA CEO Simon shared with the players.

"Many thanks to those of you who were able to join our meeting here in Cancun. We do welcome your engagement and hope that it will continue. As we were not able to get into some of the areas, we felt it important to share with you the following: First and foremost, it is clear that you are not happy with the decision to be here in Cancun.

I understand that and you have been heard. As I have reflected to you, this is not where we expected to be and the decision for this location was based upon a number of complicated factors. It is not a perfect event, we understand the conditions are a challenge and the WTA will of course accepts responsibility for that.

I am appreciative that you have reflected in the media your recognition of the significant support from Cancun and all of the people that are working so hard to put on this event. I wish you the best of luck for remainder of the event and, as always, we are here to provide you any support and assistance that we can as you all deserve the best," WTA CEO Simon said in his letter to the players.

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