Rafael Nadal Tops Iga Swiatek’s Player Preference in Playstation Tennis

Published 12/21/2020, 12:00 PM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Poland’s Iga Swiatek poses with the trophy as she celebrates after winning the French Open. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek has revealed her player preferences when she plays video-game tennis.

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Iga Swiatek says she also prefers playing as Lindsay Davenport in video- game tennis

The reigning French Open champion said she prefers playing either as 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal or three-time former Major winner Lindsay Davenport whenever she hits the console and fires up her Playstation.

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Though not an avid gamer, Swiatek, by her own admission, learned her tennis on Playstation and still catches up on her hobby when the game affords her time.

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In an interview with ITF World magazine, Swiatek said every time she does play tennis on Playstation and shows up on court the day after, she tries to replicate the styles of players who she played as in the video game.

Swiatek says experience of playing as Davenport made her a ‘topspin player’

The Pole said, perhaps, it was her experience of playing as the American on Playstation which helped her become a ‘topspin player’.

“I always played as Rafa (Nadal) – and on another version as Lindsay Davenport because she is really tall – so maybe that’s why I am a topspin player now and maybe I got used to that by playing video games,” Swiatek said.

She added that while not majorly influenced, Davenport did influence her game that way.

“Maybe not a big one but I think it had some influence,” Swiatek conceded.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates during the final against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

How Swiatek found overnight fame with French Open title

Hardly a known face in the women’s circuit, Iga Swiatek shot to fame and stardom overnight after capping off an incredible run at Roland-Garros with her maiden Grand Slam maiden.

Showing maturity, poise and match sense far beyond her age, Swiatek slew some top women’s stars on the road to glory.

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Such was her dominance through the tournament that she didn’t drop a single set in the tournament.

With the title win, she became the first from her country to win a Grand Slam event, a feat which got her a place in the Forbes Poland list of the 100 most influential women of the year.

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At 19 years, Swiatek also became the youngest since Monica Seles to lift the French Open title.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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