the WTA Finals 2022 in Fort Worth, at least from the point of view of the public present at Dickies Arena, they are not enjoying the expected success. The first four days of competition saw every player present in Texas take the court, including the undisputed world number one. Every Swiatek.
The Pole secured first place in the Tracy Austin Group by easily beating Daria Kasatkina and Caroline Garcia. It will be the Russian and the French who will play the second semifinal, taking into account that Coco Gauff was eliminated after losing the first two games.
Swiatek expressed his disappointment at the lack of attention shown by the American crowd for the event that brings together the best eight players of the season. She said: «I hope to see the stadium full soon, but we’ll see.
I hope to have this opportunity, because I like to feed off the energy that the public transmits.» Iga, on the court, is playing a very dominant tennis, despite the disappointment due to the lack of public in the stands.
Lack of courage at the WTA Finals
Pam Shriver, former number three in the WTA ranking, tried to analyze the reasons for the story through her Twitter account: «There are at least two reasons for the lack of public participation.
Halloween is an important holiday here, people prefer to be with family. Many people stay at home to give sweets and treats to children. The same night of the tournament a major NFL event was held and a team from Texas participated in the World Series.
In addition, two months of promotion of the event are not many». Shriver’s arguments are valid, but the situation of the women’s circuit would still have to be reflected and analyzed in detail. The journalist José Molgado showed a clear picture of the first days of competition and the reaction of the public at the WTA Finals 2022.
The absence of people is evident in the photo and the empty stands can be clearly defined. The hope of the players and the organizers of the tournament is to see the stands empty at least in the final stages of the important event.
Crowd for the first singles match of the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, with US No.1 Jess Pegula. pic.twitter.com/QRbyFrepfJ — Jose Morgado (@josemorgado) October 31, 2022