“Not Going to Make It on Your Own”: Iga Swiatek Gives Valuable Advice to Young Tennis Players

Published 03/06/2021, 10:52 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her second round match against Italy’s Camila Giorgi REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Polish World No. 15 Iga Swiatek came under the spotlight in the tennis world last year. At the age of 19, she won her maiden Grand Slam title, the French Open. Moving ahead, she is only growing as an athlete and a role model for younger athletes.

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Iga has started her 2021 season on a decent note. Although she lost both the WTA 500 Melbourne and Australian Open before the quarterfinals, she found better form with the Adelaide International title win.

Most importantly, the Polish teenager even gained a nomination for the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards. In a Q&A with them, Iga Swiatek revealed some details about her and gave key advice to the next generation.

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Iga Swiatek underlines the importance of a team in tennis

What sets Iga aside from other players is her grit and determination on the court. The 19-year-old remains calm even in strenuous or high pressured situations.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021, Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates during her fourth-round match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The hard work that was shown by her and her team brought back amazing results. Thus, she passes on her own mantra of success to the young girls out there.

“Be patient and have good people around you. Because even if it’s an individual sport, it’s hard to do it on your own,” Swiatek said. “I have great support around me, and without my team, I don’t think I would be in the place I am right now.”

Moreover, she understands the tendency of athletes wanting to do it all alone. But the Polish star stresses that the journey will be smoother only with a good team.

“Be over that you’re not going to make it on your own because it’s not a bad thing. It’s just reality, and it’s going to a lot easier if you have good people around you,” she said. Here is the whole Q&A.

Which tournament will Swiatek play next?

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Poland’s Iga Swiatek in action during her second-round match against Italy’s Camila Giorgi REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The next stop for the teenage sensation is the Dubai Free Tennis Championships. She will enter the tournament as the eighth seed and compete for 1000 WTA points.

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Also, she is becoming a player to watch out for in every tournament, with big players appreciating her game. Besides, it will be a massive challenge for her now to bag her second Grand Slam title.

For now, she is gaining all the experience she needs to become one of the best. Let us see what all Swiatek will bring to the courts in the coming years.

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Purav Joshi

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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.

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