The Madrid Open has apologised for not permitting the ladies’s doubles gamers to deal with the group in the course of the awards ceremony after final weekend’s closing.
- Runners-up Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff lament the very fact they didn’t get to thank followers
- The event’s chief government apologises and says it’s going to by no means occur once more
- There have been different points raised about inequality on the Madrid Open that the chief government didn’t handle
Whereas the finalists of the boys’s doubles and the boys’s and girls’s singles got the prospect to speak to spectators after their matches, winners Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad Maia, and dropping finalists Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula, had been oddly denied that customary honour after the ultimate.
It was criticised by the gamers and bashed by followers on social media.
Gauff lamented that she and the opposite gamers weren’t in a position to thank their followers for his or her help.
Pegula stated she had by no means seen something prefer it.
“What occurred in Madrid, it was actually disappointing,” Pegula stated.
“Did I feel we weren’t going to have the ability to communicate? No. I’ve by no means heard of that in my life. I do not know what century everybody was residing in after they made that call.”
4 days after the incident, event chief government Gerard Tsobanian stated that would by no means occur once more.
“We provide our sincerest apologies to all of the gamers and followers who anticipated extra from the Madrid Open,” Tsobanian was quoted as saying on the event’s Twitter account.
“Not giving the prospect to our finalists of ladies’s doubles to talk to followers after the match was unacceptable.”
Tsobanian stated the occasion had apologised on to all 4 gamers and that organisers had been “working intensely, with the WTA, to revise our protocols”.
“We made a mistake and it’ll by no means occur once more,” he stated.
Tsobanian didn’t point out different points that earned criticism.
Apart from dressing ball women briefly skirts and small tops within the outstanding males’s matches, followers on social media questioned the disparity within the measurement of birthday truffles organisers gave to the event’s prime gamers.
Dwelling favorite and profitable title defender Carlos Alcaraz was offered with a gargantuan cake after his semifinal victory on Friday, whereas Aryna Sabalenka, the eventual girls’s champion, acquired a a lot smaller cake.
It attracted criticism from followers and grand slam champions Bianca Andreescu and Azarenka, who stated the truffles had been indicative of the therapy the WTA facet of the draw receives in Madrid.
The event has run into controversy earlier than, internet hosting Ilie Nastase on the trophy presentation in 2017, lower than a month after he was suspended by the Worldwide Tennis Federation for verbally abusing British opponents throughout a Fed Cup tie and making racist remarks about Serena Williams’s then-unborn child.
Throughout the Madrid event, the ATP-WTA occasion and its foremost sponsor ran a spot on Spanish tv denouncing gender violence in opposition to girls that included lots of the sport’s prime gamers.