Iga Swiatek's coach Tomasz Wiktorowski believes the players had every right to call out the "embarrassing" organization of the WTA Finals and the conditions in Cancun. Just a day before the start of the WTA Finals, the players were able to hit the court for the first time.
After holding practice sessions and playing their opening matches, the majority of players complained that the court conditions were "poor." Also, the players weren't happy with tricky conditions in Cancun that featured wind and rain as many felt that going there in this part of the year didn't make a lot of sense.
Unlike some other players, Swiatek refrained from heavily criticizing the WTA and the WTA Finals in Cancun, instead saying she was focused on figuring out how to deliver her best. Swiatek ended up winning the WTA Finals but that doesn't mean that she was happy with the Cancun conditions.
Swiatek's coach Wiktorowski on the 2023 WTA Finals in Cancun
"Cancun was an embarrassment in terms of the decision-making process and organization of the tournament. The girls had the right to feel unappreciated and that was the problem.
But it had to be dealt with. I have been talking to Iga about these types of issues since the beginning of my work. It's different everywhere, and the most important thing is to adapt and show your best tennis in the given conditions.
If a player played great last week and this week she throws up her hands, she is angry and frustrated, it means that she is not yet a professional at the highest level," Wiktorowski told Rzeczpospolita. After some harsh criticism from players, the WTA sent a letter to the players.
In a letter that was leaked to Sports Illustrated, it was revealed that the WTA CEO Steve Simon admitted to players that "it is not a perfect event" and that the WTA was accepting responsibility for it. It remains to be seen how will the WTA approach the organization of the WTA Finals in 2024 after what happened this year.