Everyone had something to say in a week filled with controversy. The authorities of the event remained silent for a very long time. In a recent tweet, the CEO for Mutua Madrid Open apologized publicly for the events.
This tweet focused on the final of women’s doubles. The women’s doubles final was infamous because the finalists weren’t allowed to make their post-match speech. Many people were disappointed and thought it was unfair.
Some also called the whole debacle a sexist event. This was a response to Carlos Alcaraz being allowed to deliver a speech the day after his final.
The tweet by the CEO of the event read: “We apologize to all players and fans that expect more from the Mutua Madrid Open Tournament. We have apologized to Victoria, Beatriz… Coco, and Jessica for not allowing our women’s-doubles finalists to speak to their fans after the match. We are reviewing our protocols internally and in conjunction with the WTA and we are committed to making improvements to our process. Gerard Tsobanian is the CEO of Mutua Open. He said that we made a mistake, and it will never happen again .”.
Many reasons were behind the need for an apology. The 2023 Mutua Madrid Open has been anything but tennis. The 2023 Mutua Madrid Open has been everything but tennis. From the infamous ‘cakegate,’ to Swiateks comments after the final and ball models refusing to wear mini skirts to the final. The apology tweet was mainly due to the fact that the women’s final speeches were cut. Victoria Azarenka & Beatriz Hadad maia beat Coco gauff & Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-4 in the final. Unfortunately, the success of these two women wasn’t discussed for very long.
Tennis Twitter is not convinced by the apology
Tennis Twitter Community has not been happy with the apology. The apology is not viewed as genuine by many. Many feel that the apology was issued just to cover up the issue.
Here are some of the reactions that fans have shared online:
This time, the Madrid Open was certainly a controversy. An apology was needed, but an improvement would be better. The fans would love for the 2024 edition to be improved.