Former legendary players Jimmy Connors criticized Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff for blaming fatigue for poor performances at the WTA Finals.
Many Americans who were watching the matches in Forth Worth focused on the American pair, but they mostly let them down by going 0-6 collectively. Both claimed that exhaustion was the reason why they dropped all three of their doubles matches in addition to their singles losses.
"If you're gonna play, be ready to play and go and play. Don't say you're tired, because if you are tired, then don't play," said Connors on the podcast he does with his son Brett Connors. The American added:
"These kids have so many people around and they should know that's what they pay them for, to do the best."
During his time, Connors was renowned as a fierce competitor who never conceded a point or a match. He went on to further explain it using Andy Murray as an example:
"It's like I told Andy when we had this chat. I said, 'I never told you one thing that was gonna hurt you. Everything that I was telling you was for your benefit, and I wanted you to win just as much as you wanted to win.'"
"That's the way all the people around either it's Coco Gauff or Jessica Pegula or whoever has to look at it. Tennis is a 24×7, 365 days a year job and if you're not willing to do that, take what you get."