“Up for a Practice?”: Iga Swiatek Has a Perfect Response to Andy Murray and Andy Roddick Praise

Published 06/07/2021, 11:37 PM EDT
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek reacts during her final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The reigning champion Iga Swiatek has recorded 11 consecutive wins at the French Open. Recently, she defeated 18-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final eight again.


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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek in action during her third round match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Remarkably, the 20-year-old Pole hasn’t lost a set on the Parisian clay since 2019. Hence, it isn’t surprising that Andy Murray and Andy Roddick praised the young talent.


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Andy Murray and Andy Roddick praise Iga Swiatek’s performance at French Open 2021

The three-time Grand Slam champion Murray took to Twitter, watching Swiatek battle Kostyuk at the French Open 2021. He could not play this year due to a lack of match fitness.

Murray wrote, “Love watching Iga Swiatek.” Naturally, the tweet was well-received by tennis fans.

One among the many was the 2003 US Open champion, Andy Roddick. He replied, “Agreed. She is awesome.”

Inarguably, Swiatek has earned every appraisal she has received in the last two years. Her incredible fighting spirit and sheer commitment to the cause is starting to become the story of her career.

But after all, the 20-year-old is also learning aggressively from the best in the sport. Thus, the praise coming from two former World No.1’s mean a lot to her.

Firstly, Swiatek wrote back to Murray, asking whether he could practise on the grass with her. She said, “Thank you, Sir Andy! Are you by any chance up for practice? I really need to improve my skills on grass.”

Furthermore, on receiving the tweet from Roddick, the young Pole shared a bowing down GIF on Twitter. On that, she wrote, “It’s so nice, thank you!”

Notably, it would be the first time in a long time to see a woman player defend her French Open title. At present, Swiatek is three matches away from securing the title.

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Who will Iga Swiatek play next at Roland-Garros?

In the French Open 2021 QFs, Swiatek will face Maria Sakkari for the semifinal spot. The Greek overcame 2020 Roland-Garros finalist Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-3 to reach the last eight.


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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2021 Greece’s Maria Sakkari shakes hands with Sofia Kenin of the U.S. after winning their fourth round match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

It would indeed be one of the tightest matchups in the WTA Roland-Garros tournament. Both players would not want to go empty hands this year.

Let us see who goes on to reach the semifinals this year. Do you think Swiatek can defend her French Open crown?


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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.