Swiatek blasts 'unsafe' schedule after pulling out of Glasgow event

The women's world number one criticised tennis authorities and said the scheduling 'is not safe for our health'.

‘Not safe for our health’: Iga Swiatek unhappy with tennis schedule as she pulls out of Glasgow event SNS Group

Iga Swiatek has revealed that she will not play for Poland at the Billie Jean Cup Finals in Glasgow next month.

In an announcement made on Monday morning, the women’s world number one also criticised tennis authorities and said the scheduling “is not safe for our health”.

The 21-year-old had planned to represent her country but cited the lack of time between the WTA finals in Texas, which finishes on November 7, and the tournament to be held at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow which begins the following day.

Writing on Instagram, Swiatek said: “I was thinking it through a lot and discussing it with my team all over again, but I will not be able to play at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow.

“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. Playing in Poland this year (in the qualifiers in April) was an honour and I hoped to do this again at the end of the season.

“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.

“The situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury. I’m going to talk to the WTA and ITF in order to change something. This situation is difficult not only for the players like me, but mainly for the tennis fans that support our sport.”

The absence of the French Open and US Open champion is a blow to the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, which runs from November 8-13 at the Emirates Arena in the east end of Glasgow.

The event features 12 teams, including Great Britain, who will take on Spain and Kazakhstan in the group stage.