Full name – Iga Natalia Świątek
Date of Birth – 31 May 2001
Nationality – Polish
Role – Right-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand (Aggressive all-court player)
Coach – Piotr Sierzputowski
Current Ranking – No. 9
Highest Ranking – No. 9 (17 May 2021)
Career Earnings – US$3,572,234
Win/Loss – 129/36
WTA Titles – 3
Grand Slams – 1
Born on 31 May 2001, Iga Świątek is the youngest player in the top ten of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings and has a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world. Daughter of an Olympian, Świątek was the 2018 French Open girls’ doubles champion alongside Caty McNally, and the 2018 Wimbledon girls’ singles champion.
Świątek began regularly playing in the WTA Tour in 2019, the same year she made her tour debut. Her progress to a WTA event final and a fourth-round exit at the French Open, where she was defeated by Simona Halep, propelled her ranking inside the Top 50 at the age of just 18. It was, however, during the 2020 French Open, that the then 19-year-old shone through. Iga rebounded to defeat the top-seeded Simona Halep in the same round and during her dominant title run did not drop a single set or lose more than five games in any of her matches.
Best Finishes at each Grand Slam
- Australian Open: 4R (2020, 2021)
- Roland Garros: Champion (2020)
- Wimbledon: 1R (2019)
- US Open: 3R (2020)
Style of Play
Świątek has an aggressive, all-court playing style and incorporates a lot of variety in her game. As her game is based on offence, she generates both a lot of winners and a lot of unforced errors at the same time. Despite her aggressive approach, Iga patiently builds her points until she creates an opening to hit a winner.
During her title-winning run at the 2020 French Open, she hit 175 winners and 127 unforced errors. Her forehand and backhand are fast and powerful. Her average forehand speed was 127km/h, faster than any other female player and only behind Jannik Sinner, while her backhand peaked at 122km/h at the French Open, again faster than any other female player and equal to Dominic Thiem’s backhand speed (Thiem possessed the fastest backhand of any male player in the tournament).
Sponsors & Endorsements
Asics – Iga Świątek ended the 2020 season on a high. With her surprising French Open title win, and her sponsorship deal up for renewal by the end of 2020, Świątek was awarded an upgraded deal with Asics. Her association with Asics began at the start of 2020 on a one-year deal with performance related bonuses.
Red Bull – Austrian energy drink maker and distributor, Red Bull, signed up Iga Świątek as their first female ambassador from the tennis roster. Before roping in Iga, Red Bull tied up Austrian Dominic Thiem, Italian Matteo Berrettini, and American Reilly Opelka to endorse the brand globally.
Xiaomi – Chinese techno giant Xiaomi roped in Iga Świątek as their brand ambassador at the start of 2021. Xiaomi announced their collaboration with the young Pole before the final in Adelaide. The 20-year-old said: “You know that tennis is my passion and I want to show you how sport can develop and change your life. I want to share with Xiaomi fans what I do, how I prepare and how I pay. Maybe I will instill a passion for this wonderful sport in you.”
Toyota Lexus – A luxury vehicle division of the Japanese automaker Toyota, Lexus and Iga Świątek’s association runs back to 2018 when she was still playing at the junior level. Her success in the 2018 French Open girls’ doubles and the subsequent Wimbledon girls’ singles title attracted attention from some of the corporate giants, including Lexus, who tied her down to a deal following her rise.
Tecnifibre – After previously using the Prince Textreme Tour 100 racquet since her junior days, Świątek signed a contract with French sports equipment manufacturer Tecnifibre at the end of 2020. She uses the Tecnifibre T-Rebound Tempo racquet, which is specially designed for female tennis players. With Iga Świątek (20) and Daniil Medvedev (25) on their ranks, the Tecnifibre have positioned themselves well with two young players on the tour.
Rolex – Swiss luxury watchmaker Rolex signed up the young 20-year-old Świątek as their brand ambassador in February 2021. As a child, Iga watched Roger Federer lift major trophies, and his Rolex watches remained engraved in her memory as an integral part of those historic moments. “I am thrilled to join the Rolex family. This partnership is really inspiring for me and makes me realise how far my journey went – from being a kid and watching on TV how Roger holds the trophy with his timepiece on a wrist to having my own (timepiece, not the trophy[yet?]).” wrote Iga Świątek.
Nike – American clothing and sportswear giant Nike did a serious culling of the herd at the end of the 2019 season and the players affected were mostly from the women’s game. Ajla Tomljanovic, Maria Sakkari, Iga Świątek, Borna Ćorić, and Genie Bouchard were some of the players that were selectively cut out from Nike’s roster. Sakkari and Świątek later joined Japanese equipment manufacturer Asics at the start of 2020.
The past two winners of the French Open have been Ashleigh Barty and Iga Świątek. They have a little rivalry that culminated in the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open when Barty comfortably won in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Despite the win, Ashleigh would be aware that she has a rival for the future in Iga.
“I really enjoyed myself out there tonight. I enjoyed the challenge. Iga’s game is exceptional,” Barty said. This kind of praise is rare from Ashleigh, who is typically quiet about her opponents. It further solidifies that Iga is a special talent to get Ashleigh’s attention.
Women’s tennis has been defined by either Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova’s success over the last two decades. With Barty being 25 and Iga 19, the tennis fanbase is in for a long ride, what with Naomi Osaka and Cori Gauff also getting better with each tournament. It is the reminiscent of the ATP Tour’s Quartet of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.
Significant Records & Awards
- First Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title.
- Youngest French Open Champion since Rafael Nadal in 2005.
- Youngest women’s singles Grand Slam champion since Monica Seles in 1992.
- Was awarded the WTA Fan Favorite Shot of the Year in 2019
- Was voted the WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year in 2020.
- Was awarded the WTA Most Improved Player title in 2020.