Watch: Iga Swiatek trains on bike with mouth taped

Swiatek's interesting training method is back ahead of the new season.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Iga Swiatek trains on bike with mouth taped
© Iga Swiatek - Instagram

Iga Swiatek's interesting training method is back as the Pole took to Instagram to share that she had a bike session with her mouth taped. In August, Swiatek was spotted practicing in Montreal with a tape on her mouth. That detail drew attention as many were curious to know why Swiatek had her mouth taped on the practice court.

At the time, Swiatek explained that it was something recommended by her team and suggested that it was done to help improve her endurance. Now, Swiatek is getting ready for the 2024 season and her interesting training method is back.

Swiatek asked why she practiced with her mouth taped in Montreal

When the tournament started in Montreal, the reporters asked world No 1 Swiatek for an explanation.

"I don't get it either. No, but, it's harder to breathe when you're only breathing with your nose and it's easier for my heart rate to go up, you know? And I think it has something to do with endurance, but I am not gonna explain you properly, because I'm not an expert.

Sometimes I don't get the things they tell me to do either. I am doing that for a long time now. So yeah, it got pretty easy, but for sure you can see the difference in, you know, how everything you do on court is getting more and more hard with that tape on your mouth.

So I guess, it's the way to kind of work on my endurance by not having me, you know, run so fast and do extreme things," Swiatek explained in Montreal. Meanwhile, Swiatek's 2024 season will be starting at the United Cup. Last year, Swiatek's Poland made the semifinal at the inaugural United Cup.

With Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz confirmed, Poland will be looking to go a step further in 2024 and potentially lift their first United Cup title.

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