Shelby Rogers opens on working with Iga Swiatek's ex-coach

Swiatek split with her long-term coach in December and Rogers took the opportunity to make additions to her coaching staff.

by Dzevad Mesic
Shelby Rogers opens on working with Iga Swiatek's ex-coach

American tennis player Shelby Rogers is happy with the work she has done so far with Iga Swiatek's ex-coach Tomasz Sierzputowski. Last month, it was announced that Rogers added Sierzputowski to her coaching staff. Rogers and Sierzputowski debuted as a duo in Doha, where the American suffered a first round loss to Cori Gauff.

Sierzputowski accompanied Rogers at the Indian Wells Masters, where the American defeated Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in the first round before stunning world No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko in the second round. Rogers acknowledged that Sierzputowski did a great job with Swiatek and she is hoping the Polish coach will help her lift her game to another level.

“Piotr’s been great so far. Good energy, super positive. I’m excited to see what we can do. He did such a great job with Iga. He’s brought a different element. I’m super motivated. I’m really excited to see what the rest of the season will hold," Rogers said, per WTA Insider.

Sierzputowski split with Swiatek, Rogers took the opportunity to hire the coach

Swiatek, who became a Grand Slam champion and a top-5 player during her tenure with Sierzputowski, thought it was time for changes after the 2021 season ended.

"I’ve started my pre-season, but today I would like to tell you something significant… After more than 5 years I’ve decided to finish my cooperation with my coach Piotr Sierzputowski," Swiatek announced in early December.

"This change is really challenging for me and this decision wasn’t easy, either… As tennis players we meet on our path a lot of people who contribute great value into our work and, often, into our life too, because we spend almost the whole year on tour together.

I found out that sometimes in our professional life we need changes to develop more, evolve and meet other people with whom we’re going to create a cooperation for the next stages of our development."

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