The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has admitted that it takes responsibility for the “challenging conditions” that players have faced at the ongoing WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico.
In a letter to the players, WTA chief executive Steve Simon said that the organization had “fallen short” of its promises to provide a high-quality event.
He admitted that the late selection of Cancun as the host city had made it difficult to prepare adequately, and that the facilities at the venue were not up to the standard expected.
Simon apologized for the inconvenience and frustration that the players had experienced and said that the WTA would be taking steps to improve the situation. He promised that the organization would be transparent about its decision-making process and would work closely with the players to ensure that future events were run smoothly.
The players’ concerns about the conditions in Cancun have been widely reported in the media. World number one Aryna Sabalenka said that she felt “disrespected” by the organization, while Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova said that the WTA was “not interested” in players’ feelings.
The WTA Finals is the season-ending tournament for the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams on the WTA Tour. The tournament is usually held in a different city each year, but the 2023 event was moved to Cancun at short notice after Saudi Arabia withdrew as host.
The WTA’s admission of responsibility is a welcome step, but it remains to be seen whether the organization can take effective action to improve the conditions for players. The players have made it clear that they are not satisfied with the current situation, and the WTA will need to work hard to regain their trust.
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