The Madrid Open apologises for neglecting the Women’s Doubles Finalists’ SpeechesIn a bizarre turn of events at this year’s Mutua Madrid Open tournament, Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad Maia beat Jessice Pegula and Coco Gauff in the Women’s doubles finals with a convincing score of 6-1,6-4 on Sunday without getting an opportunity to address their fans. All finalists in the singles and men’s double addressed their supporters after matches. However, players were not sure why the female athletes were denied that right up until now. Tournament Chief Executive Gerard Tsobanian expressed his deepest apologies directly to affected players as well as tennis enthusiasts for what he called “an unacceptable decision.” He further added: “We are working internally with WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) to review our protocols committedly; we’re devoted to enhancing our process moving forward. The mistake happened only once but would never occur again.” Pegula said she was disappointed by the decision while Azarenka felt it was unacceptable since all final winners should be treated equally when addressing their supporters. The Professional Tennis Players’ Association came out strongly against these actions stating that Freedom of Expression should be given fully across every player regardless of gender or ranking.
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