Ash Barty’s camp has undergone a “terrifying” change in tennis season that may cause you to miss a multi-million dollar payday.
World No. 1 Ash Barty may not defend her title in the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico due to “ridiculous” playing conditions at the tournament venue and timing, her coach Craig Tyzzer said.
The WTA Finals, contested by the eight best singles players and eight doubles teams in the world, moved to Guadalajara from Shenzhen in China this week due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will begin on November 8.
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Tyzzer said that Barty, who won the 2019 WTA Finals before the 2020 edition was canceled, could also compromise his preparation for the 2022 Australian Open if he plays in Mexico, as he would have to spend two weeks in quarantine. at home upon return to Australia.
The 2019 edition of the WTA Finals had a prize pool of $ 19 million and is the richest event on the WTA calendar. Barty pocketed $ 6.4 million for winning two years ago, the biggest paycheck in the history of men’s or women’s tennis.
“We just found out he’s in Mexico 1,500 meters (above sea level) and they’re using pressure-less balls,” Tyzzer told the AAP on Wednesday.
Balls without pressure absolutely fly. It is a ball that, if you use it under normal conditions, does not bounce. It’s not the best advertisement for the best girls in the world performing something they’ve never done before.
“In conditions where they have never played, in a country where they don’t play and at altitude, I feel like it’s ridiculous. As a show, it’s just terrifying. “
Barty, who was knocked out in the third round at this month’s US Open, is “physically and mentally exhausted,” Tyzzer said.
“Indian Wells (next month) is still on the radar, but he just needs a break,” he added. “So I told him to go off and take a vacation.
“It’s certainly not easy for us to get there and play that event in Mexico and then come back and have to spend two (more) weeks (in quarantine) and then your summer is ruined too.
“It is a decision that we will have to sit down and reflect a bit.
“Originally they told us it was Hong Kong and then they told us it was Prague and suddenly we heard that it was in Mexico.
“It’s almost like it’s a last gasp. I’m not surprised as they are really trying to promote the best girls in the world to the top eight as a showcase, to put it where it is. “
Barty has been traveling since leaving Australia in March and will no doubt be looking forward to coming home when he can.
She won Wimbledon in July but suffered a surprise loss to American Shelby Rogers at Flushing Meadows to end her hopes of capturing another Grand Slam title this year.
“It’s disappointing. A hard one to swallow, ”Barty said after the game. “In tennis it sucks that there is a winner and a loser every day.
“You can’t win every tennis match you play.
“I am proud of myself and my team for all the efforts we have made in the last six months. It has been quite incredible. I don’t think we could have asked much more honestly. I would not change anything “.