World No.4 Ons Jabeur has slammed the “unhappy and unacceptable” resolution to ban the customary speeches after the ladies’s doubles last of the Madrid Open.
On the finish of the match, which noticed Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad-Maia defeat Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula 6-1, 6-4, each pairs had been introduced their trophies however not given the chance to talk.
The finalists of the lads’s doubles match, in addition to each singles occasions, got speeches.
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Australian nice Rennae Stubbs stated the choice was “a shame”.
“I hope the WTA by no means enable this to occur once more,” she stated on Twitter.
Whereas occasion organisers did not give a purpose for not permitting speeches, senior tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg urged scheduling criticisms made by Iga Swiatek in her speech after her loss within the ladies’s singles last may need been an element.
After her loss to Aryna Sabalenka, Swiatek took a swipe at organisers after enjoying in a number of matches that ended nicely after midnight.
“It isn’t enjoyable to play at 1am although,” Swiatek stated, with match director Feliciano Lopez wanting clearly sad behind her.
“I am pleased anyway I used to be in a position to get previous this expertise and survive and be within the last.”
Organisers additionally confronted criticism for the big discrepancy between the dimensions of two truffles introduced to Carlos Alvarez and Sabalenka, who celebrated their birthdays on the identical day earlier within the match.
Whereas Alvarez was introduced with a multi-tiered monstrosity that wanted a number of folks to hold it, Sabalenka’s was a a lot smaller single-tiered cake.
The match additionally confronted contemporary criticisms for its use of fashions – each female and male – in lieu of ballkids in additional high-profile matches within the match.
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