World No 1 Iga Swiatek is unhappy about the scheduling clash between Billie Jean King Cup and WTA Finals, which has led to her withdrawing from the former.
The BJK Cup – which is organised by the International Tennis Federation – begins on November 8, the day after the prestigious season-ending WTA finals reaches a climax in Fort Worth, Texas.
Swiatek criticised governing bodies for not organising the calendar better as she announced Monday she will not play for Poland in the Billie Jean King Cup finals in Glasgow in November.
“I will not be able to play at the Billie Jean King Cup at Glasgow,” she posted on her Instagram account.
“And it makes me sad.
“I’m very sorry, because I play for Poland whenever it’s possible and I always give it my best.”
Swiatek said she was going to address the issue of the scheduling with both the ITF and the WTA.
“I’m disappointed that tennis governing bodies didn’t come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel through the globe and changing the time zone,” said the 21-year-old.
“This situation is not good for our health and could cause injury.”
The Poles have been drawn in Group D in BJK Cup finals alongside the Czech Republic and the United States.
Swiatek won the French Open and the US Open this year.