Iga Swiatek on the potential of practicing with Andy Murray during Wimbledon: “I don’t want to annoy him.”


Andy Murray expressed his admiration for Iga Swiatek earlier this month, tweeting that he “loves seeing” the Pole in action. In response to Murray’s post, the 2020 French Open champion requested that the former Wimbledon champion hit with her in order to develop her grasscourt talents.

In her post-match press conference on Friday after her third-round triumph against Irina-Camelia Begu, the 20-year-old was asked about the tweet. Swiatek was in lethal form, dropping only one game in a 55-minute 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of Begu.

Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is in the third round of a Major for the first time since 2017. Swiatek remarked that she didn’t want to bother him.

“During Wimbledon, I don’t want to bother him. Because it’s a Grand Slam, we might have an opportunity to do that later or in the following tournament “Swiatek stated.
Prior to the French Open earlier this year, the former junior Wimbledon winner had a hit with her idol Rafael Nadal. But now that the Slam is in full swing, she realizes how serious the game is for all top players.

Swiatek added, “I don’t want to ruin his routines.” “I understand that playing with a girl is a very different experience, and it’s a completely different practice for guys.” He is, nonetheless, a very kind person. During the tournament, we had a few brief discussions. He’s a great guy who’s down to earth.”

I was physically weaker in 2019: Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek (R) shakes hands with Irina-Camelia Begu after her third-round match

Even though the Pole triumphed in the girls’ singles at Wimbledon in 2018, her senior debut a year later turned out to be a nightmare. She was bundled out by Viktorija Golubic in straight sets in the opening round.

In fact, the World No. 9 hadn’t won a single main draw match on grass until the Eastbourne International this year.

Now, in just her second main draw appearance at SW19, she has made the fourth round.

Swiatek recognized that she has come a long way since her debut at Wimbledon when asked to compare her two seasons. The Pole stated that she feels much more at ease on this surface and that she is a more “developed” player.

“It’s difficult to compare my previous years on grass because I was physically weaker in 2019,” Swiatek explained. “I had no notion how to play on grass at the time. This time it’s a lot better, so I just focused on overall development.”

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