“But nowadays we are so well prepared physically that this is no longer necessary,” Swiatek said last week. “I really don’t understand why they are different.” “In the end, you can’t even serve at 170 kilometers per hour, because those balls are going to fly like crazy. I think it’s too bad.”
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Badosa takes it one step further on Instagram. She posted a picture of the women’s match balls during the US Open alongside one of the men. It is clear on the label that the women’s balls are ideal for indoor use, while the men’s balls are suitable for quick play on hard courts.
“As women, we play in a fast lane with balls that are impossible to control. That’s not fun for us, but it’s also not fun for an audience who prefers watching the spectacle. As a result, you get a lot of unnecessary mistakes.”
“It can also be frustrating, because it indicates that men’s sport is better. Women in sports have to constantly compete in order to be treated equally. So any double standard is a barrier that must be addressed.”
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Complaints have now also reached the WTA, a spokesperson for the US broker said. “Women play with these balls because they reduce the chances of injuries to the arm, shoulder, elbow and wrist.”
“However, we are aware of the complaints and will continue to monitor them. We will discuss them with the players and our Sports Science team.”
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