Elena Rybakina Calls Out 'Weak Wta Leadership': I Don'T Feel Like Wimbledon Champion

I don’t feel like a Wimbledon champion


World No.25 Elena Rybakina expressed some frustration with the WTA for its «weak leadership», adding that she doesn’t feel like a Wimbledon champion. Rybakina, 23, claimed her first Grand Slam title after beating Ons Jabeur in this year’s Wimbledon final.

But Rybakina did not receive a single point for her Wimbledon triumph. Had Rybakina been rewarded with points, she would have reached the top 10 for the first time and now she would have been the second player in the Race to the WTA Finals.

«I would say it was a great achievement for me,» Rybakina said, according to Tennis Majors. “I am super proud of my team, of course. (But) as far as the experience, I’d say it wasn’t the best. I think this is the problem with the structure of the tour.

Honestly, a little weak leadership because we have a lot going on. It was my dream to win Wimbledon. It’s a shame. I feel like I’m not really the Wimbledon champion. It takes time to realize, but when you go from one tournament to another, that’s how you feel at the end of the day.

Rybakina does not schedule her matches on the best courts

Rybakina enters the US Open as the 25th player in the world and has had no main court schedules since her impressive Wimbledon victory. «That’s it,» Rybakina added.

«It’s a points situation. I do not think it’s fair. Of course, we can’t change it. It was a previous decision, (but) knowing that from today I (would be) number 2 in the race. I do not think it’s fair.

I’m not just talking about myself, but overall I think with all the decisions, a lot of players are paying for all these decisions. You can be No and it’s all great, but at the end of the day you’re just forgetting where you came from and how hard it is to get where you are.

I didn’t have this feeling of being number 2, because it’s still a different deal when you’re in the top 10 or top 20. Even with the Wimbledon win, it’s a bit of a different feeling. It is not the same to be 5 or 4.

I would say if you are going to play a tournament. I, as the Wimbledon champion, have to feel that yes, now the attention is on me and I am playing well. It was good. For example, in a tournament I go and play against the great champion, Muguruza, and we play on court No.

4. This is kind of a question for me. I don’t think this is fair.» Rybakina plays a qualifier in the first round of the US Open.

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