Ash Barty’s camp plans to bail out WTA Finals title defense due to ‘ridiculous’ playing conditions

World No.1 Ash Barty may not defend her WTA Finals title due to the tournament’s relocation to high-altitude conditions in Mexico, her coach said.

After being kicked out of the US Open and the Tokyo Olympics earlier than expected, Barty’s coach Craig Tyzzer said the 25-year-old was “physically and mentally exhausted”.

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Tyzzer says the WTA Finals are moved from Shenzhen, China to Guadalajara, Mexico, meaning Barty is less likely to make an appearance to defend the title she won in 2019, the tournament’s final iteration. , because of what he considers “ridiculous” playing conditions. .

“We just found out that it is in Mexico at 1500 meters [above sea level] and they use pressure-free bullets, ”he told AAP on Wednesday.

“Pressureless balls absolutely fly. It’s a ball that, if you use it under normal conditions, doesn’t bounce. It’s not the best advertisement for the best girls in the world to play something they want. have never done before.

“In conditions where they’ve never played, in a country where they don’t play and at altitude, I just think it’s ridiculous. On a show, it’s just scary.”

While Barty has yet to officially end the tournament, Tyzzer admitted it was “a decision that we will have to sit down and think about a bit.”

“Indian Wells (next month) is still on the radar but just needs a rest,” he said. “So I told him to go and take a vacation.”

“It’s definitely not easy for us to get there and play this event in Mexico and then come back and have to do two weeks [in quarantine] and then your summer is kind of ruined too. “

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