Iga Swiatek calls US Open on ball rules: 'I don't know why they are different from those for men'

Iga Swiatek calls US Open on ball rules: ‘I don’t know why they are different from those for men’

NEW ONESYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

Top Ranked Iga Swiatek was aiming for US Open organizers this week, who criticized the tournament for using different balls for the men’s and women’s competitions.

Swiatek, who dropped out of the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals on Thursday, brought up the matter at a press conference with reporters the day before, saying she didn’t feel “good” using the lighter balls.

Iga Swiatek of Poland serves against Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of the Netherlands in their second round match at Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club June 30, 2022 in London.

Iga Swiatek of Poland serves against Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of the Netherlands in their second round match at Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club June 30, 2022 in London.
(Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I don’t know why they’re different from men,” she told ESPN.

“I don’t know, about 15 years ago, women probably had some elbow injuries because the balls were heavier, and they turned them into women’s balls, but right now we’re so well prepared physically that I don’t think it would happen.”

SERENA WILLIANS DROPS MATCH WITH EMMA RADUCANU AS OUR LOOMS OPEN

Swiatek said when? she’s practicing for the US Open at home, she uses balls destined for the men’s tournament, adding that she has raised the matter with the WTA.

Poland's Iga Swiatek will return to Croatia's Jana Fett in a women's singles match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on June 28, 2022.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek will return to Croatia’s Jana Fett in a women’s singles match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on June 28, 2022.
(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

“I really stopped pushing and trying to convince WTA because the war in Ukraine has taken place, and I focused on something else again,” she said. “Yeah, but honestly, every tournament I play with these balls, I didn’t feel good.”

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

WTA’s Senior Vice President of Global Communications Amy Binder told ESPN in a statement that the organization was investigating the matter after “a select few athletes” raised concerns.

“The basis behind using the regular felt ball was that it limited the potential of arm, shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries,” Binder said. “This is something that we will continue to monitor and discuss further with both our athletes and our sports science teams.”

Iga Swiatek of Poland serves against Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of the Netherlands in their second round match at Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club June 30, 2022 in London.

Iga Swiatek of Poland serves against Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of the Netherlands in their second round match at Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club June 30, 2022 in London.
(Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The US Open is the only major to use different balls for men’s and women’s competitions. The US Open main draw starts on August 29 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

#Iga #Swiatek #calls #Open #ball #rules #dont #men

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *