Another week, more discontent from professional tennis players.
Due to concerns regarding scheduling, lack of transparency and unequal prize money, we have yet to hear from players. last week, Jiju Bergscurrently ranked No. 181 in the world, posted on his Instagram story about the number of wrist injuries seen in the sport today.
“I think it’s time to take a closer look at how many players are getting wrist injuries, which could be prevented by not changing the ball every week,” Burgess, who himself was sidelined earlier this year with torn ligaments in his wrist, wrote .
His comments drew immediate attention.
“Used [with] Wrist issues cause ball changes since start of USO series,” Fritz wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “We’ve had 3 different balls in 3 weeks.”
During his press conference ahead of the China Open, Daniil Medvedev Those complaints were echoed when asked about court conditions at the event.
“The ball over and over again, almost every tennis player has said this season that they go this way,” Medvedev said, referring to the balls getting bigger. “For shoulders, elbows, and the like, [it’s] Not good. But this is the reality now.”
And that’s far from the only thing to be upset about this week. Two-time major champion Petra Kvitova went to X to express his frustration about the China Open schedule Kvitova finished her first-round match — a three-set victory Wang Jiu — had to play his second round match early Monday morning and then Monday afternoon. He lost the match.
Suffice it to say that there *was* a fair alternative. Do better for your players @WTA
— Petra Kvitova (@petra_kvitova) October 2, 2023
Scheduling has become a contentious issue for both WTA and ATP players, particularly highlighted this year by frequent weather delays and rapid turnarounds.
And it’s not just those who play at the sport’s highest level and work with less-than-ideal conditions. Former Baylor All-American on Wednesday fin bus An ITF event in Albuquerque, New Mexico took to social media to show what the courts looked like.
do well… @ITFT tennis @Usta
Totally unacceptable conditions here at M15 Albuquerque, obviously seeing as the courts are not playable in any way shape or form. There is absolutely no respect or care for the welfare of the players and the amount of money we spend to compete in these tournaments. pic.twitter.com/8CKrC8pTUj
— Finn Bass (@finn_bass) September 27, 2023
Wawrinka was among those who shared the video of the bus. In X, Wawrinka tagged ITF And asked if the organization had any comments. The ITF has not responded publicly.
While discontent is nothing new in professional sports, the number of players speaking out seems to have increased in recent years. But now the question is, will there be any change? Stay tuned.
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on this day clinched her fifth career and second WTA title of the season with a 6-2, 6-1 win on Saturday Diana Snyder Ningbo Open finals. The tournament’s top seed, Jabeur, a three-time major finalist, left nothing to chance and was dominant throughout the 78-minute match.
“Playing a final here is more relaxed than playing a Grand Slam final, but I think it will help me gain more confidence and handle pressure and stress,” he said after the match.
The 29-year-old Tunisian is currently in the hunt for one of the last three remaining WTA Finals bids and will look to further her last-minute push at this week’s China Open.
But really we’re telling you all this so we have an excuse to show you this perfect tweener of the quarter-final match against Jabeur. Vera Jovonareva. This will undoubtedly be one of the best shots you will see all week.
My way to the semi-finals is Tweener 🏄♀️ pic.twitter.com/bYWVT3I2ua
— Ons Jabeur (@Ons_Jabeur) September 28, 2023
And now if you’re in the mood for a more epic shot, you’re in luck. The very first point is time Ivan Dodig And Austin KrajicekIn a doubles match in the first round of the China Open, Dodig hit an absolutely ridiculous shot to win the point.
— Tennis TV (@tennistv) September 30, 2023
Kudermatova’s new hardware
Other tour-level tournaments will wrap up the weekend — the ATP has two tournaments that started last week but end on Tuesday (Astana Open) and Wednesday (China Open) — Veronika Kudermatova defeated Jessica Pegula7-5, 6-1 to win the title in Tokyo on Sunday. It marked the second career title for the 26-year-old and snapped a four-match losing streak in the finals.
It also capped off an impressive week in Japan, where Kudermatova is the upset world number one. 2 Iga Swiatek6-2, 2-6, 6-4, in the quarterfinals, as well as fellow Russian and 2021 French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova A three-set battle in the semi-finals.
Despite losing in the final, Pegula clinched her place in the WTA Finals after her performance in Tokyo. He had already booked his ticket in doubles with a companion Coco Gough, but will now play in both draws in the year-end event for the second straight season. Goff also cemented his place in the singles, as they have Swetek, Arina Sabalenka And Elena Rybakina.
After winning the gold medal at the Asian Games late last month, Qinwen Zheng revealed that he had parted ways with coach Wim Fiset after the US Open. Since she reached the first major quarterfinals of her career in New York, and won her first WTA title in Palermo in July while working together, the end of their partnership came as a surprise to many — including Zheng herself.
Zheng told reporters that Fiset abruptly ended their working relationship a week after the US Open in order to resume work with the former world no. 1 Naomi Osakawho plans to return to the tour after maternity leave in early 2024. Zheng said he knew Fiset was talking to Osaka’s team during the US Open but his manager assured him he would not stop working with him to return to Osaka.
“It had a big impact on me and my team members and my family. I cried after hearing it. There were no fights, no arguments in our cooperation…”, Zheng said. “I thought it was an unethical end to that collaboration. I understand that Osaka could have offered him a better offer. I understand from his point of view it could be a good position. He has a family to support. I understand his decision, But that doesn’t mean I forgive him for making that decision.”
The 20-year-old said Rob Brandsma, who was her fitness coach, is now taking over the coaching duties.
Neither Fiset nor Osaka have yet commented. Fiset previously worked with Osaka from 2019 to July 2022 and won two of his four major titles during that period.
All he does is win, win, win (whatever game it is).
Since winning his milestone 24th major title at the US Open last month, and then representing Serbia at the Davis Cup just days later, Novak Djokovic Taking a well-deserved break from the ATP Tour. He is not expected to return until the Paris Masters later in the month — but he has not stopped competing for the title.
On Wednesday world no. 1 took part in the All Star Match before the Ryder Cup and, although he said he had never played golf in front of so many people, Djokovic found a way to do what he does best: win.
Teaming up with Kip Poppert, the world’s No. 1 handicap golfer, and playing against Formula One driver Carlos Sainz and Tommaso Perino, another top-ranked handicap golfer, Djokovic had the crowd on his side as soon as he stepped onto the first tee. He has a tennis racket in his hand and pretended to swing. He eventually changed the racket for his driver but the racket was clearly displayed in his bag throughout the round. Fueled by frequent cheers and chants from the crowd, Djokovic made his mark on the event when he drove the green on the par-4 16th hole.
— Ryder Cup (@rydercup) September 27, 2023
“I was going to play [it] Safe but the crowd made me do it,” he said of it. “It was one of my best shots.”
Djokovic and Popart won 3-1 and their team eventually took home the trophy.
who continued to give speeches
Goff wowed the world last month with his heroics, winning his first major title at the US Open, and then winning with an equally memorable speech in court A little later. Weeks later, Goff’s speech continued to inspire and resonate.
On Tuesday, New York Liberty star Breanna Stewart was named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player, and during her acceptance speech, she couldn’t help but shout out Goff.
“Coco, what you said when you won the US Open stuck with me,” Stewart said. “I do my best to bear it with grace but honestly to those who thought they were putting water on my fire, you’re really adding gas. And now I’m getting too bright.”
Stew 🤝 Coco
— WNBA (@WNBA) September 26, 2023
Gough congratulated Stewart on Instagram for the new hardware. And, with the Liberty advancing to the WNBA Finals on Sunday, Stewart and her teammates may get a chance to deliver a remarkable victory speech of their own this month.