Ashleigh Barty doubts WTA Finals participation: "Ridiculous circumstances"

Ashleigh Barty, number 1 in the world in women’s tennis, has doubts about her participation in the WTA Finals, the year-end tournament for the best eight tennis players. According to her coach Craig Tyzzer, the tournament will be played in “ridiculous circumstances”.

The WTA Finals were moved this week from the Chinese city of Shenzhen to Guadalajara in Mexico. “We have just learned that Guadalajara is 1,500 meters above sea level and that unpressurized balls are being played,” Tyzzer told AAP news agency.

“Pressureless balls start flying and if you use them under normal conditions they don’t even bounce. I don’t think that’s the best starting point for the best players in the world.”

“They’re going to play in conditions they don’t know, in a country unknown to them and at a height. I think it’s really outrageous,” Tyzzer said.

They will play in conditions they are unfamiliar with, in a country unknown to them and at a height. I think it’s really outrageous.

Craig Tyzzer, coach van Ashleigh Barty

The physical aspect also plays a part for Barty to miss the tournament that starts on November 8th. “Physically and mentally she is exhausted,” said Tyzzer. “Indian Wells is still on the calendar, but she needs some rest first, so I sent her on vacation first.”

Indian Wells will be played once in October this year. The tournament is considered the most important tournament after the WTA Finals and the Grand Slams.

Barty (25) lost in the third round at the US Open this month. In 2019 she won the WTA Finals. Last year the tournament was not organized due to the corona pandemic.

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