Siniakova hits out at poor treatment of doubles players: “I’m World No.1 but I don’t feel any wow”

Monday, 30 January 2023 at 07:00
Krejcikova Siniakova RG 2021
Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova were crowned Australian Open doubles champions, clinching their seventh Grand Slam as a couple. The current No. 1 in the doubles ranking spoke at a press conference about the treatment received by doubles players.
The Czech duo has established itself as one of the most consistent in recent years, especially since their first two Grand Slam titles in 2018, when they acquired the French Open and Wimbledon. They also won 4 of the last 5 Grand Slams, as well as winning the WTA Finals and the gold medal in Tokyo 2020. As Siniakova told the press, tennis players who are specialists in doubles are not treated well, and they even have difficulties finding courts to practice at tournament venues, so they have to find other places to train.
"Even if it's hard to say because I feel that I'm really good doubles player, I'm World No. 1, but I don't feel any 'wow' when I'm here," said the 26-year-old player. "I don't have courts for practices. I need to go to somewhere else because it's just doubles.”
"I think I do the same work what the singles players does,". "I mean, I have a team. I practice every day. I work hard. So I'm really honored that I have the trophy, even when I'm like walking around I don't feel so much pressure that everyone looking me."
Siniakova also had words for what she has achieved with her regular partner Krejcikova: "It means a lot. I'm real excited to have this trophy again,"
"To look, like, back, what we achieved last few months, it's amazing. I'm really proud and we are playing great. The team spirit is working because it's tough. I'm really, really happy. Just happy."
The Czechs, who have played together since the junior stage, will seek their eighth Grand Slam at the French Open, which would mean reaching the double career Grand Slam, that is, winning each major twice.

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