British tennis player Tara Moore has written an open letter to the WTA & ITF accusing them of keeping many players out of the loop on the proposed schedule and plans to resume the circuit, saying that those who are privy to the meetings and discussions have an advantage as compared to those who don’t.
Tara Moore accuses the WTA of secrecy
27 year old Moore is currently ranked No. 447 in the world and says she was not able to attend meetings that would be able to help her prepare better for the return of the tennis circuit.
Moore says 2/3rds of players have been shut out of meetings between WTA officials and top-tier players where the parties discuss wide-ranging issues such as the Player Relief Program and resumption of a tournament schedule.
“Players included in these meetings are given inside information and told not to share this with other players outside of the meeting. This can then help them prepare better for the resumption of the tour over players without this information, which therefore constitutes as a form of insider trading”.
Moore is the latest player to come out to say that all tennis players should have access to the information rather than a select few. Australia’s John Millman, who is on the men’s ATP Tour, has also often called out the tour for finding out information through social media rather than official channels.
My open letter to the WTA & ITF.
Please read and share. Many players had their hand in helping me share this important point. #tennis #changes #enough pic.twitter.com/2XBtLBZuOy — Tara Moore (@TaraMoore92) June 11, 2020
Moore says she was not aware of weekly calls happening until recently and that it was unfair for players to hear about the player relief programme, tour cancellations or resumptions through the media rather than official sources, even if they were proposed plans.
She has also highlighted the difficulties in reaching out and connecting with Player Council representatives on the tour, who represent the players in these meetings and urges the governing bodies of tennis to use the current time to address these issues.
Tara Moore is a Hong Kong-born British tennis player and has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 145, which she reached in May 2017. She has won nine singles and eleven doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit. Her best performance at a Grand Slam was reaching the second round of the 2016 Wimbledon singles event.
She has also been ranked as high as No. 151 in the doubles rankings in May 2016 and has reached one final on the WTA Tour – at the Rio de Janerio event in 2016.