Ashleigh Barty has doubts about participating in the WTA Finals, the year-end tournament for the best eight tennis players. That’s what her coach Craig Tyzzer says. According to him, the doubts are mainly due to the “ridiculous circumstances” under which the tournament is played.
The tournament was moved this week from the Chinese city of Shenzhen to Guadalajara in Mexico. “We just learned that Guadalajara is 1,500 meters above sea level and that it is played with unpressurized balls,” Tyzzer told the Australian Associated Press.
“Pressureless balls will fly and if you use them under normal conditions, they don’t even bounce. That doesn’t seem like the best starting point for the best players in the world. 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.”
The physical aspect also plays a part for the Australian, the number 1 in the world, 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. That’s why I sent her on vacation first.”
Indian Wells will be played once in October this year. The tournament is considered the largest 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.