“A Day Full of Nice Surprises”: Iga Swiatek After Playing Singles Against Hubert Hurkacz in Their Homeland

Published 07/14/2021, 1:24 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek reacts during her first round match against Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

It was a fun day out for Polish tennis stars Iga Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz as the two got together for a singles match in their homeland on Tuesday for charity. The 2020 French Open champion later took to her official Twitter page to post pictures from the charity match.


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In the images, the current World No.8 is seen happily posing with Hurkacz and fellow Poles Marcin Matkowski and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik. While Klaudia is now retired, Matkowski, a doubles specialist, is still going strong on the professional circuit.

Iga Swiatek also thanked her fans for turning out in numbers for the charity match


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Swiatek tagged the pictures with a message, thanking fans for turning out in numbers, cheering them and contributing to a wonderful ambience with their good-natured jokes and energy.

The Pole added that the golden memories from the day would remain with her forever.

Thanking tennis fans for the turnout, Swiatek wrote, “You are awesome. Today’s cheering, your energy and jokes that you threw to us from the stands will stay with me for a long time.”

She also thanked the organizers for a rare opportunity to play singles with Hurkacz, adding, for good measure, that she never expected to find herself and her compatriot on the opposite ends of a tennis court.

Swiatek said she never expected to play singles with Hubert Hurkacz

While thanking Klaudia and Matkowski for enlisting their participation for a good cause, the reigning Rome champion made a special mention of Hurkacz.

“Klaudia, Hubert, Marcin — thanks for the match! @HubertHurkacz – I didn’t expect a single with you, but it was a day full of nice surprises,” Swiatek wrote.

The event was organized to raise money for children supported by the Academy of the Future.

She said she was eager to lend her time to more such events in future as they present her with an unique opportunity to engage informally with her fans.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in action during his semi final match against Itay’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

The Pole added that it was fun to be part of an event, which gave a taste of competition minus pressure and also an opportunity to support a good cause.


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“I am glad that we could have a great time on the court, and at the same time help the kids from the Academy of the Future. I look forward to more such events in Poland and more such meetings with fans,” she wrote.


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In a shout-out to “Polish fans”, Swiatek added that when it comes to “energy” and enthusiasm, they could rival crowds in many prestigious tournaments.


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.