Iga Swiatek gets very honest on how long she could stay in tennis

Swiatek, 22, achieved major success very early but many wonder for how long the Pole will stay in pro tennis.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek gets very honest on how long she could stay in tennis
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Iga Swiatek, 22, admits she has thought about how long her pro tennis career will last but highlights that it is "hard to predict" and that she prefers to stay in the moment and see how she feels in the next 10 years. Swiatek, who lifted her first Grand Slam title at 19, has accomplished major success early in her career.

At just 22, Swiatek is already a four-time Grand Slam champion and she has already spent over 80 weeks at the world No 1 spot. When Ashleigh Barty shockingly retired from pro tennis at 25 in 2022 March, Swiatek replaced the Australian at the top spot.

Since then, Swiatek has established herself as the best player in women's tennis. Since Barty's retirement, Swiatek has been asked several times if she could also do something like Barty and retire at a very young age.

Swiatek asked when she could retire

“I thought about it, but I admit that the answer to this question actually changes a bit.

And with that, I don’t know how tired I feel of nature. I admit that I don’t analyze it too much because I don’t know what situation I will be in, for example, in five or 10 years. It’s hard to predict, really.

I’m the kind of person who likes to finish what I start, so I’ll probably play for a long time. But as I say, people change, life paths are different and you don’t know what will happen in 10 years. That’s why I don’t think about it at all.

For now, I’m focusing on getting some good training tomorrow," Swiatek told Grupa PZU.

Swiatek, who will be turning 23 in May, could potentially have five Slams in her collection before her next birthday. This year, Swiatek won her fourth Grand Slam title at the French Open just days after her 22nd birthday.

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