Andrea Petkovic fights back to claims of Iga Swiatek making tennis boring with Djokovic comparison

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 at 07:20
Andrea Petkovic has called out the perceived 'blatant misogyny' that she feels takes place when it comes to Iga Swiatek and those who say that she makes tennis boring.
Petkovic hit back at this notion drawing comparisons to the positive reception felt by Novak Djokovic for similar circumstances and that she is only spoken about in this way because she is simply too good. Swiatek made history by winning her fourth Roland Garros crown. She surpassed Justine Henin to do so and became the youngest player with four French Open titles. She saw off Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in the final concluding he claycourt season with titles in Madrid, Rome and Paris and sealing the trio.
The World No.1 though has faced accusations of being boring and Petkovic sided with her on this issue hitting out at those who have this notion.
"A thing that has not only made me unhappy but straight-up furious is the blatant misogyny that Iga Swiatek is facing for BEING TOO GOOD AT HER JOB," Petkovic wrote on Substack.
"I never heard anybody complain when nearly forty-year-old Novak Djokovic beats young talents on one leg because he’s that good but when a woman cruises through the field suddenly WOMEN’S TENNIS IS BORING and Iga Swiatek is not good for tennis," she added.
"Do you remember the time when everybody was complaining how women’s tennis had no real champions and the major tournaments were too wide open for anyone to take? Now, this may come as a surprise: but you can’t have it both ways," she said.
"Just a gentle reminder that Iga Swiatek was part of two matches this season already (vs Sabalenka in Madrid and vs Osaka last week) that will most likely end up in the top 10 list of the best matches of the year," she added.

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