Pegula Upset with Madrid Organisers After Finalists Denied Speeches
American tennis player Jessica Pegula expressed her disappointment with the organisers of the Madrid Open tournament after the finalists were not given the chance to give speeches following the final game. Pegula lost to Swiss player Belinda Bencic in the women’s singles final on 8th September 2021. Despite being the runners-up, Pegula, along with Bencic, was denied the opportunity to address the crowd.
Madrid Open Organisers Under Fire
The decision of the Madrid Open organisers to deny the finalists the opportunity to give speeches has drawn words of criticism from tennis fans around the world. Many were disappointed that the two finalists were not given the chance to thank the tournament organisers, the fans, and their team, as is the norm in tennis tournaments.
It is also worth noting that the men’s singles finalists, Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini, were also not allowed to give speeches after their final game. Like in the women’s singles final, only the trophy presentation was conducted.
Pegula Expresses Her Disappointment
Jessica Pegula, who is currently ranked 28th in the world, took to Twitter to express her disappointment with the organisers’ decision. In a tweet, she said, “I was really looking forward to giving a speech today as runner up in Madrid. Unfortunately, the tournament declined our request to speak. Hope to have many more opportunities in front of crowds to come!”
Many fans and fellow tennis players replied to her tweet, expressing their support and solidarity.
Mixed Reactions Online
The decision of the Madrid Open organisers has sparked a mixed reaction on social media. While many criticised the organisers for denying the finalists the chance to give speeches, some argued that the speeches are unnecessary and time-consuming.
However, it is worth noting that speeches from the finalists have always been a part of tennis tradition. Many believe that the speeches are essential as they help the players connect with the fans and express their gratitude.
Tennis Fans React
The Madrid Open tournament is a significant event in the tennis calendar, and fans look forward to it every year. The decision of the organisers to deny the finalists the opportunity to give speeches has not gone down well with many tennis lovers.
Tennis fan, Aparna, said, “I was disappointed that Jessica Pegula and Belinda Bencic were not allowed to give speeches. It is part of the tennis tradition, and the tournament organisers should have let them speak.”
Another fan, Kumar, added, “The speeches that the finalists give after the game are often the most memorable part of the tournament. It’s disappointing to see that the Madrid Open organisers didn’t allow the finalists to give speeches.”
The Future Of Finalist Speeches In Tennis
The decision of the Madrid Open organisers to deny the finalists the chance to give speeches has sparked a debate about the importance of the speeches in tennis tournaments. While some argue that the speeches are unnecessary, many believe that the speeches are an integral part of the tennis tradition and should not be discontinued.
Only time will tell whether the decision of the Madrid Open organisers to deny speeches from the finalists was a once-off incident or if it will become a habit in future tournaments. Until then, tennis fans will continue to express their opinions on the matter.