Swiatek Admits To Requesting Day Session Matches Amid Scheduling Controversy

Swiatek Admits To Requesting Day Session Matches Amid Scheduling Controversy

by Evita Mueller

The scheduling of the 2023 Roland Garros has been under fire once again and WTA's World No.1 Iga Swiatek shared her thoughts about it.

After stepping off the clay at the Roland Garros for her second-round match and winning once again in two sets, Swiatek found herself facing not just the glare of the Parisian sun, but also the glow of controversy surrounding the scheduling at the Roland Garros.

The issue at hand was the discrepancy in scheduling the night sessions on the Court Philippe-Chatrier, which have been predominantly occupied by men's matches. Specifically, all five matches played as a night session on the court were ATP singles matches this year.

In her press conference, Swiatek answered with openness and transparency that she specifically requested to play during the day, shedding new light on the complex matter of scheduling at the event as the young Pole is without a doubt the biggest candidate on the WTA Tour to play in the night match.

"Well, my thoughts didn't really change, but honestly, I have to tell you that I kind of requested every day to play a day session because I felt like I played already night sessions in this clay court swing."

Her revelation offers a different perspective on the scheduling issue, suggesting that player preference plays a substantial role in the decision-making process.

"Well, I didn't even, like, kind of know this because I'm not watching these late evening matches. I'm mostly just kind of recovering and not thinking about tennis. But obviously it would be nice if we had women's matches as well."

Though Swiatek acknowledged that it would be desirable to have more women's matches during the prime time, she admitted that she's aware that her decision to play during the day isn't really helping the matter.

"But, as I said, I'm not kind of helping that because I always requested a day session match. But I don't really know what the schedule is for next day, so I can't really go that far and judge because I haven't really checked it."


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