“He Seems Like Such a Nice Guy”: Iga Swiatek Picks Andy Murray as Her Dream Tennis Partner

Published 10/09/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE : Andy Murray of Great Britain smiles on court following his walkover in the Mens Singles semi final match against Milos Raonic of Canada on day six of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


Iga Swiatek has got off to an exquisite start at Indian Wells. In the doubles event, partnering with Bethanie Mattek-Sands, she defeated Julia Lohoff and Alexandra Panova. Subsequently, in her singles event, she gracefully surpassed Petra Martic of Croatia in straight sets. In the post-match interview, she was asked about who she would like to practice with at Indian Wells, the Pole named British star, Andy Murray.

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Iga Swiatek’s dream hitting partner

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The former Roland Garros champion, Iga Swiatek, started her run at Indian Wells with an exceptional win. It took her only 70 minutes to triumph over Petra Martic of Croatia in her opening round. She registered a straight-set victory 6-1, 6-3.

In the post-match interview with Tennis Channel, she answered some intriguing questions. When asked about her dream-hitting partner in the desert, she said,” That’s a tough one. I’d say I’d love to play with Andy Murray. So, we actually had a little chat on Twitter. So, maybe it’s gonna be possible right now to finally play. He seems like such a nice guy. Good sense of humor.”

Sep 4, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Iga Swiatek of Poland hits a forehand against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia (not pictured) on day six of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Before this year’s French Open, Swiatek had some great sessions with the 20-time Grand Slam champion and her childhood idol, Rafael Nadal. Nadal has withdrawn from this competition as he is recovering from his foot injury. Considering Nadal’s absence, Swiatek chose Andy Murray as her dream-hitting partner at Indian Wells.

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Andy Murray advances to the second round

The former World No.1 also got off to a solid start at Indian Wells. In his opening round encounter, Murray defeated Adrian Mannarino of France 6-3, 6-2 to book his place in the second round.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain hits to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

However, his second-round opponent is Carlos Alcaraz of Spain. Alcaraz has been in incredible form for the last couple of months. Though he had an unfortunate end to his US Open campaign, he played some extraordinary tennis at the competition. It’ll be intriguing to see the veteran go up against the 18-year-old in the second round.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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