Iga Swiatek Admits to Crying Over Novak Djokovic’s Loss at US Open 2021 but Says She Is Not a ‘Fan’

Published 10/12/2021, 1:15 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her fourth round match against Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


A lot of tennis stars have shown their merit on the WTA tour over the past few years. Polish young tennis sensation Iga Swiatek is right up-there when it comes to playing aggressive tennis amongst the next-generation of women’s singles players.

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Having won the French Open last year after defeating the likes of Simona Halep and Sofia Kenin, Swiatek managed to win a couple of more titles this year at Adelaide and Rome.

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Iga Swiatek gives honest answer about Novak Djokovic

At the ongoing WTA 1000 event at Indian Wells, the Polish player is taking advantage of slow hard-court conditions that suit her game and has reached the pre-quarters without losing a set. In the round of 16, Swiatek faces a tough opponent in Jelena Ostapenko.

After her third-round victory against Veronika Kudermetova, the Pole was asked to answer a quick True or False questionnaire on several areas in tennis.

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

An interesting answer from Swiatek came out when she had to answer whether she is team Novak or not.

No. False. I’m sorry”, out came the reply from Swiatek. She continued, “I was cheering for Novak to win the Calendar Grand Slam this year because I feel like he deserves it. And if there is anybody that can win a calendar grand slam, it’s going to be him. So, I was crying basically when he lost the final of the US Open”. 

“Since I was a girl, I am team Rafa”- Swiatek reveals adulation for Rafael Nadal yet again

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It’s known to the tennis world that Iga Swiatek is a huge fan of Rafael Nadal as she concluded by saying, “But since I was a girl, I am team Rafa”. 

Despite being a fan of Nadal, Swiatek’s explanation for why Djokovic deserved to win a calendar grand slam resonates with a lot of tennis fans across the globe. Everyone who watched his US Open run wanted him to script his name in the record books.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks to the crowd during the trophy presentation ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Serbian star is sure to have a lot of chances at his 21st title in the future. But he will face a growing threat from youngsters emerging on the ATP tour.

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If either Nadal or Federer starts to find their groove next year, it could get even more difficult for Djokovic to win majors with stiff competition from both his peers and from next gen players like Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and others.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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