On Sunday, Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad Maia defeated Cori Gauff and Jessica Pegula in the Madrid doubles final 6-1 6-4. After the final, the four players received their trophies but did not have the opportunity to address the crowd and their opponents.
“Didn’t get a chance to speak after the final today 🙁 But thank you fans for supporting us and supporting women’s tennis this week! Thank you @JLPegula for always keeping the fun on the runs and hitting unreal shots hahahaha Finally, big congratulations to Vika and Bia.
Thanks also to my team and Jess’s of course! Thanks also to the ball boys, the tournament team and everyone who works hard behind the scenes.
The Twitter format does not allow me to say everything I would have said during the speech if we had one. But just wanted to say I’m grateful,” Gauff tweeted.
Jabeur responds to Gauff’s tweet: Sad and unacceptable.
In response to Gauff’s tweet, Ons Jabeur wrote: “It is unfortunate that you did not have the opportunity to address the crowd and your opponents.
It’s sad and unacceptable.”
so unfortunate that you were not given a chance to address the crowd and your opponents. This is sad and unacceptable ð¤¯ https://t.co/XGc7aW0s22 — Ons Jabeur (@Ons_Jabeur) May 7, 2023
Azarenka also sent out a tweet which clearly suggests she wasn’t happy with Madrid’s decision.
“Hard to explain to Leo that mum can’t say hello to him at trophy ceremony“, tweeted Azarenka. Jabeur also replied to Azarenka’s tweet, suggesting that she was absolutely baffled by the situation.
ð¤¯ https://t.co/aWtfs06Izy — Ons Jabeur (@Ons_Jabeur) May 7, 2023
For her part, Pegula didn’t say much, but it was clear that she wasn’t happy with the situation either.
Pegula first shared this explicit tweet, before retweeting Jabeur’s tweet.
ð¤ð¤ð¤·ð»âï¸ https://t.co/GDVc9eqyj6 — Jessie Pegula (@JLPegula) May 7, 2023
In the meantime, it’s time for the Italian Open in Rome.
Jabeur missed Madrid but returns to competition in Rome