“After winning my first title at Roland Garros, I needed to grow in a very short time and learn to operate”

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has admitted she is learning the craft of managing her tennis career alongside her professional life.

The Pole rose to prominence after winning her first Slam title at Roland Garros in 2020. Speaking on the difficulty of balancing tennis and business, Iga Swiatek explained the importance of building a good team for the tennis and business. She added that she had to “grow up” very quickly after her first major victory in order to take care of her professional and sporting responsibilities.

“I’m still learning in both areas, tennis and business. It’s important to have a balance in all areas of my life and work. The business side gives me security, it allows me to play in tennis and focus on that,” Swiatek said. .

“After winning my first title at Roland-Garros, I needed to grow in a very short time and learn to function when I not only have sporting but also commercial responsibilities. This is the reason why I ‘ve built a team of sportsmen and entrepreneurs professionals to have trustworthy people on board I would say I learned quite quickly how to operate in both areas as I am able to handle all the interviews, conferences of press or photo shoots and it doesn’t interfere with my athletic performance,” she added.

The 21-year-old recently won her second French Open title in 2022 after defeating Coco Gauff in the final in straight sets. She won six titles and 37 matches in a row before losing to Alize Cornet in the third round of Wimbledon. In the process, Swiatek set the record for most games won consecutively this century.

“Tennis is the basis of everything” – Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek in action at Wimbledon.  Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Iga Swiatek in action at Wimbledon. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The world No. 1 added that sport, which has given her everything so far, is at the center of her concerns. Swiatek thinks the business side will take care of him as his tennis career is on the right track.

“Tennis is the foundation of everything, and we all need to be on the same page. The business side works well when the sporting side is balanced and stable. That’s our motto,” Swiatek said.

“I don’t need to rush, to get as many sponsors as possible,” she added. “We do everything step by step, on and off the pitch.”

After Swiatek’s loss to Alize Cornet in the third round of Wimbledon, the Pole competed in her home tournament, the Polish Open, where she lost to Caroline Garcia in the quarter-finals.

🙌 I gave it my all yesterday. Warsaw thank you for your support and vibe.🙌 Wczoraj dałam z siebie wszystko. Warszawo, dziękuję za doping i atmosphere na trybunach. #workinprogress https://t.co/dQryM4SY5V

The Polish player will be in action at the Canadian Open this week before playing in Cincinnati ahead of the US Open, which kicks off August 29 in New York.

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Edited by Keshav Gopalan