2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek met Andy Murray at the Indian Wells Masters and mentioned to him that she would like to practice with him on grass. Swiatek, 20, has alredy achieved some major success on clay and now she would like to improve her game on grass.
Swiatek captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open last year, before winning her first Masters crown in Rome this year. Murray is a two-time Wimbledon champion. "I told him we should practice on grass because, even though I reached the fourth round at Wimbledon this year, I feel like every day can be tricky on grass, and I need some more power and more experience to be solid there," Swiatek told The New York Times.
Swiatek easily motivates herself
Swiatek revealed that there are moments when she is struggling to find the will to practice but then she remembers that tennis is entertainment and that motivates her to hit the practice court.
"When I have a hard time finding the motivation to practice I always remember that tennis is entertainment,” Swiatek revealed. “I love playing in stadiums, especially when I win, and I love the support I get from people”.
Swiatek, who recently donated $50,000 in support of World Mental Health Day, was asked what did she learn about herself and her own mental wellness after traveling for so many years with your her sports psychologist. "It’s hard to separate what I’ve learned from the new experiences I’ve had and from just growing up.
When I won Roland-Garros I was 19, and that’s a period of life when you learn a lot about yourself even when you’re not an athlete. I feel like there is a pretty crazy mix between my personal and work life because being an athlete is a 24-hour job.
But I wouldn’t change this experience for anything because I think it gave me a lot of knowledge about myself and wisdom that I can use later in life," Swiatek explained.