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High-ranking girlfriend Iga Swiatek attacked organizers of US Open this week, using different balls in men's and women's competitions criticized the tournament.
Swiatek, who was eliminated from Thursday's Western & Southern Open quarter-finals, raised the issuea day earlier during a press conference with reportersand said: Using the ball makes you feel better.
Poland's Iga Swirtek serves Leslie Patinama Kerkhof of the Netherlands during their second round match at Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, 30 June 2022. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
"I don't know why it's different than the men's," she said via ESPN.
"I don't know, 15 years ago maybe the women injured their elbows because the ball was heavy and they changed to women's balls, but now we are very physically I don't think it's going to happen."
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Swiatek is as she practices at home for the US Open and has been designated for the men's tournament. He added that he used the ball and raised the issue with the WTA.
Poland's Iga Swiatek returns to Croatia's Jana Fett in the women's singles match of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
As war broke out in Ukraine, WTA and I refocused on other things," she said. "Yeah, but honestly, I didn't feel good in any tournament I played with those balls."
Amy Binder, senior vice president of global communications for the WTA, said: ESPN said in a statement that the organization was investigating the issue after a "select number of athletes" raised concerns. The basis behindwas to limit the potential for injury to the arms, shoulders, elbows and wrists," said Binder. "This is something we will continue to monitor and discuss further with both the athletes and the sports science team."
Poland's Iga Swirtek played in the second round match at Wimbledon 2022 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on 30 June 2022. Holland inside. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The US Open is the only Major to use different balls for the men's and women's competitions. The US Open's main draw her play begins on August 29 at his USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.