Iga Swiatek lost out in the Quarter-Finals of the 2023 Japan Open on Friday against Veronika Kudermetova, now her psychologist Daria Abramowicz has come under some fire for using her phone during the match.
Abramowicz has been a staple of the team of the four-time Grand Slam champion for some time and amidst her defeat and Swiatek being criticised, it was noted about an incident during the tie.
Tennis fans were not pleased as it seemed to give off a tone that she didn't care about the outcome of the match and wasn't trying to encourage Swiatek. Some said that it might be a request from Swiatek herself or some sort of tactic, but for many the disappointment was there.
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"I’m sorry but this is p**** me off. idk if iga requests this but when your player is down why are you on your phone and looking away when you could be trying to cheer her up. not even making an effort to act like you care," one fan said.
"Well I hope she see this. You have to support the players you work with, you need to DO SOMETHING, there’s no way you are so damn useless and only stay with Iga for what?" another fan said.
Further fans weighed in saying that her team looked 'miserable' and dubbing it as 'shameful'. Swiatek will now move on with her team to the China Open in Beijing where she will hope for better fortunes after not achieving her previous dominance in the last few months including losing the World Number One spot.