The WTA has added to its 2021 schedule a tournament in Gdynia, Poland, which runs July 17-25.
Last weekend, ATP announced it was adding a tournament to its schedule, on the clay court of Cagliari, Sardinia, from April 5 to 11. On Monday, the WTA followed suit, with the addition of the Gdynia tournament in northern Poland from July 17-25. It will take place on clay, in the facilities of the Arka Gdynia Sports Club.
This tournament, organized by the Tennis Consulting Company, whose boss is none other than the father of Iga Swiatek, the winner of the last Roland-Garros (and now world No. 15 after her victory in Adelaide on Saturday) and the director will be former doubles player Marcin Matkowski, aims to stay on the calendar for a long time, and not to be a simple replacement competition in this period of the coronavirus pandemic which is forcing some organizers to cancel their competition.
” We want to create an event that will become a strong brand in the sports world and attract tennis stars to Poland. Considering the global diffusion of the discipline, I hope that the Gdynia tournament will also be a great promotion of our country abroad. », Reacted Tomasz Swatek. On the other hand, this tournament of Gdynia, endowed with 235,000 dollars, will end the day after the kick-off of the Olympic tennis tournament, which suggests that the best players in the world (starting with Swiatek?) Will be in Tokyo instead. than in Poland.