WTA needs a woman to replace struggling chief executive

Martina Navratilova wants to see a new person at the helm of the WTA – Getty Images/Tim Clayton

Tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, has heavily criticized the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for a series of alleged “bad decisions” regarding the ill-fated WTA Finals event in Cancun. She has also proposed that a woman should replace embattled chief executive Steve Simon.

The world’s top eight players should have already completed their season-ending tournament. However, due to a week of heavy rainfall and gale-force winds in Mexico, players such as Iga Swiatek are still scheduled to compete. This has turned the event into a total farce.

Social media has been abuzz with videos showing the likes of Coco Gauff looking disheartened as their umbrellas blew inside out, and Elena Rybakina laughing ironically after the wind snatched her ball toss. Additionally, spectators reported issues such as fused lights, lack of running water in the bathrooms, and unpredictable bounces on the court.

The hastily constructed stadium in Cancun was confirmed as the event venue in early September. However, shortly after players arrived, world No 1 Aryna Sabalenka expressed her dissatisfaction with the practice conditions. Martina Navratilova commented, “Maybe it’s time for new leadership.”

Last week, Simon wrote a letter to the players explaining that Cancun was chosen because of “complicated factors.” However, insiders believe there were other reasons, including concerns about visa issues and hesitant long-term hosting offers. Despite player dissatisfaction, Navratilova believes Simon should take personal responsibility and step down. Sadly, when invited to speak about the tournament last week, Simon declined.

Cancun in the rainCancun in the rain

The season-ending event has been a bit of a washout – Getty Images/Clive Brunskill

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