Iga Swiatek announced her decision to withdraw from this year's Billie Jean King Cup Finals, more than a month before the tournament starts. Swiatek took the opportunity to shine a light on the tight scheduling on the WTA tour that has forced her to withdraw from the tournament, earning praise from fans.
The Billie Jean King Cup Finals will begin on November 8 in Glasgow, Scotland, just a day after the conclusion of the WTA Finals in Texas, USA. Swiatek stressed that traveling to a different continent and competing with just one day of rest after the WTA Finals is a risk she is not willing to take.
The World No. 1 lamented the situation caused by the demanding scheduling of tournaments and stated that she will speak to the WTA and ITF to remedy the situation in the future.
"I'm disappointed that tennis governing bodies didn't come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel through the globe and changing time zones. This situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury," Iga Swiatek wrote in an Instagram post.
Fans reacted to Swiatek's plea to the governing body, agreeing with her, and hailing the Polish superstar for using her platform to bring to light an important issue on the tour.
"I love how Iga is stepping into her leadership role as world number one. Just so proud of her," one fan tweeted.
"She’s not wrong. The post-US Open schedule is a continental crisscrossing mess," another fan expressed.
Here are a few more reactions from tennis fans to Iga Swiatek's reason for withdrawing from the Billie Jean King Cup:
"Got lots of respect for the poise with which she has gone about everything" - Angelique Kerber on Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek has earned high praise from Angelique Kerber for her conduct on and off the court. Three-time Grand Slam winner Kerber is particularly impressed with Swiatek's ability to handle the spotlight and the attention that comes with being the World No. 1 and a superstar in the sport.
The German further stated that she is eager to see Swiatek's journey moving forward as well.
"I’ve got lots of respect for the poise with which she (Iga Swiatek) has gone about everything," Kerber said during an interview with Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. " I have to take my hat off to her for the way she has dealt with all the hubbub surrounding her. She’s after all still only 21. I know her well and am eager to find out how much longer she will continue at the same high level."
After winning her third Grand Slam singles title at the US Open, Swiatek will compete for the first time at the Ostrava Open this week. The top seed opens her campaign in the round of 16 against Ajla Tomljanovic on Wednesday.