Iga Swiatek reveals she is spending a bit more time on social media during the offseason but admits she prefers to use her phone less during the season because there is a lot of hatred and negativity on the internet. Swiatek, 22, is a four-time Grand Slam champion and the top-ranked player in the world.
Still, Swiatek is no stranger to receiving criticism on social media or seeing her name being mentioned in a negative context. Although Swiatek had another successful season in 2023 and won a tour-high six titles, some were still arguing that the Pole's season wasn't that great since she won just one Grand Slam this season.
Now, Swiatek admits she would rather stay away from social media than risk reading negative comments that could potentially negatively impact her.
Swiatek on staying away from social media during the season
"But how much time do I spend on social media? Certainly now that I'm home during the preparatory period, the regime of having to prepare for a match is much smaller, so I have time to spend a little more time on social media.
During the season and during tournaments, I use it certainly much less, because I also avoid such situations. They might just make me read something that hits me. Of course, there is a lot of hate now, so it's not like you can surf the Internet freely," Swiatek told PZU Grupa.
Meanwhile, Swiatek is preparing to kick off the 2024 season. For a second consecutive year, Swiatek will start her season by representing Poland at the United Cup. After the United Cup, Swiatek will go to Melbourne for the opening Grand Slam of the season.
Swiatek finished her 2023 season on a high by winning the WTA Finals and there is no doubt that the Pole will be looking to also lift her first Australian Open title in January. When the Australian Open starts, Swiatek will undoubtedly be one of the top favorites for the title at Melbourne Park.