“This Decision Wasn’t Easy”: Iga Swiatek Announces Disappointing News Following 2021 Success

Published 12/04/2021, 8:39 AM EST
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 10: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Iga Swiatek of Poland during a match at Roland Garros on October 10, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

World No. 9 star Iga Swiatek has shocked the tennis world with her latest announcement. The first Polish player to win a Grand Slam, Swiatek held the 2020 French Open title at the age of 19.

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Iga Swiatek is the youngest woman to ever get into the top 10 WTA rankings. With a career-high No. 4 in the world, Swiatek has gone from strength to strength in the past couple of years.

Iga Swiatek is parting ways with her coach ahead of the next season

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Aug 31, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Iga Swiatek of Poland hits a backhand against Jamie Loeb of the United States (not pictured) on day two of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Iga Swiatek and her coach, Piotr Sierzputowski joined forces in 2016, after the Rolland Garros that year. At the time, Piotr was 23, and Iga, just 14.

Their partnership led Iga to 3 singles titles on the tour, with the biggest crowning glory being her victory at the 2020 French Open against American Sofia Kenin in straight sets. Moreover, Sierzputowski himself won the WTA Coach of The Year award last year.

Sadly, Iga has announced that she will be letting go of Piotr as her coach after over half a decade, through an Instagram post.

Iga posted a warm picture of herself and Piotr at the National Bank Open in Toronto (2019). Additionally, she wrote a heartfelt letter to announce the news.

 

“After more than 5 years I’ve decided to finish my cooperation with my coach Piotr Sierzputowski. This change is really challenging for me and this decision wasn’t easy, either,” Swiatek writes.

Subsequently, Iga writes about the importance of change, and how that would help her going forward.

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“Sometimes in our professional life we need changes to develop more,” Iga wrote. Furthermore, she talked about how it is necessary to evolve and meet other people and form new cooperations with them in order to aid self-development.

Finally, she thanks Piotr and writes, “I owe you a lot and truly appreciate the time we’ve spent together.”

What’s next for Iga?

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Iga Swiatek of Poland serves against Fiona Ferro of France in a second-round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Iga realizes what the question on everybody’s minds will be. Thus, she pre-emptively answers, and talks about her future- “I have everything I need to be able to work.”

Furthermore, Iga requests her fans and the rest of the tennis world to understand her decision, and not question it. “I would like to focus on my pre-season without any outside pressure,” she writes as she finishes her expression.

 

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Swiatek has not yet revealed who her replacement coach will be, heading into the 2022 season, which is just around the corner.

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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