With more than two years to go, Iga Swiatek is already establishing herself as the favorite to win the gold medal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. But that probably has more to do with the announcement of Roland Garros as the venue for the Games. 2024 Olympics rather than the fact that Swiatek is the current world No. 1 and has dominated the circuit this season.
Organizers of the 2024 Olympics announced on Monday that the tennis event will take place on the iconic clay courts of Roland Garros, which annually hosts the French Open. Tennis matches at the Olympics will take place from July 27 to August 4, 2024, less than two months after the scheduled end of the 2024 French Open.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Iga Swiatek won her two major titles at Roland Garros and is arguably the best clay-court player currently on the WTA Tour. Swiatek won the 2022 edition of the French Open, which was part of his incredible 37-victory streak on tour, and fans believe the Polish superstar will not just win a medal there, but take gold.
“Iga swiatek olympic gold medalist, it’s written in the stars,” said a message on Twitter.
Swiatek dominated the 2022 French Open, dropping just one set en route to the title. She beat American teenage sensation Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in the final. Swiatek won the 2020 edition without dropping a single set and lost only 28 matches throughout the tournament.
Many considered his form on clay to be quite that of Rafael Nadal. In light of the same, a fan confidently tipped Swiatek and Nadal to win singles gold medals at the 2024 Paris Games.
“Iga & Nadal, my gold medalists,” another tweet said.
Here are some additional reactions from tennis fans to the announcement of Roland Garros as the venue for the next edition of the Olympic Games:
Iga Swiatek will start the North American hard court swing this season at the Canadian Open
Iga Swiatek is set to kick off her swing at the US Open this season at this week’s Canadian Open. After riding a 37-game winning streak that ended with a third-round loss at Wimbledon to Alize Cornet, Swiatek will enter the WTA 1000 event in Toronto after a slight dip in form.
The Pole, who decided to play another clay-court tournament after Wimbledon, lost to Caroline Garcia at the Polish Open last week. At the Canadian Open, Swiatek will begin her campaign with an eighth-final against the winner of the match between Veronika Kudermetova and Ajla Tomljanovic. She could then face 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez in the round of 16.
The likes of Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Belinda Bencic and Garbine Muguruza are in the same quarter of the table as Swiatek.
Swiatek’s best result at the US Open was a fourth-round appearance in 2021, where she eventually lost to reigning Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic.