The WTA Finals were moved from Shenzhen to Guadalajara this year, which was one of the most significant moves made by the women’s tour this year.

Top players such as Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka have already qualified for the finals, which will be held in Mexico for the first time.

When the WTA revealed its intention to transfer the finals to Mexico, Craig Tyzzer, Ashleigh Barty’s current coach, expressed his displeasure with the decision.

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Ashleigh Barty. Source: abc.net.au

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“We just realized that it is in Mexico, at an altitude of 1,500 meters, and that they use pressure-free balls there. It is a ball which, if you use it under normal conditions, does not bounce. It is not the best advertisement for the best players in the world to play in conditions they have never experienced before” When Tyzzer first learned of WTA’s plan, he said something like this. There were no open comments from the other players’ entourage save for him.

Even though the finals are still a long way off, a top player like Barty will have to quarantine herself before the Australian summer season begins.

WTA made the announcement today while meeting with officials in Guadalajara to discuss the site and other aspects surrounding the year-end event.

Gustavo Santoscoy, the tournament director, said, “The spectacle that will be seen on the court is higher when it comes to the best players in the world”. 

The Octagon company, a tennis talent management organization, came up with the idea of bringing the finals to Guadalajara in collaboration with the WTA.

“We saw the possibility that something bigger would happen in Guadalajara”, Santoscoy continued.

The WTA representative in attendance thanked the Guadalajara government and others for their support of the tournament. Since 1972, the WTA finals have been hosted in 10 different locales, with Mexico getting the first chance in 1972.

Finally, Juan Jose Frangie, a businessman and candidate for the city council of Zapopan, expressed his gratitude to the WTA for bringing such a large event to their municipality.

As a result of the change in venue, major players are expected to withdraw, making the WTA race to Guadalajara even more fascinating in the coming months.

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