"I feel like I need two months of rest, but I can't": Iga Swiatek rips current scheduling with tight Madrid and Rome turnaround

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 at 17:22
Iga Swiatek found her way past Aryna Sabalenka in the final of the Madrid Open in a marathon three hour epic after a gruelling two weeks. But as is the nature of the WTA tour, she is back in action this week which is a bone of conjecture.
Swiatek spoke to the WTA Insider Podcast and being fairly outspoken for someone without the demeanour usually for doing so about scheduling, she once again ripped the WTA scheduling saying that if it was up to her, she'd have two weeks off now.
For a top player like Swiatek, that is usually the case with the ability to only pick and choose WTA 1000 and WTA 500 tournaments really, but it will now be one week if that of recovery before Roland Garros. As WTA 1000 tournaments continue to clamour for more space on the calendar, it is the players that now bear the brunt.
"After a match like the final in Madrid I feel like I need two months of rest, but I can't. Now we have to recover and adapt to the playing courts, which are a little different, slower. The season is very tight, the tournaments are very close together, so we have to adapt," she said to WTA Insider.
But for Swiatek despite recently winning Madrid for the first time, it is seen as a lesson and very much onto the next in quick succession. "The victory of this great tournament will leave me with a great lesson. It can teach me a lot for the rest of my career, but that's not crucial. It's important, but even if something worked today, it doesn't mean it will work tomorrow. The important thing is to hope and believe that you can improve your tennis," she told.

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