Iga Swiatek details 'hateful' comments after which she ended things with Netflix

Swiatek appeared in Season 1 of Break Point but wasn't featured in Season 2.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek details 'hateful' comments after which she ended things with Netflix
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Iga Swiatek reveals she rejected taking part in the second season of Netflix's tennis documentary after feeling that she and her team were subjected to "hateful" comments following her appearance in Season 1 of Break Point.

This past weekend, Netflix confirmed that there won't be a Break Point Season 3. Previously, Break Point premiered in January 2023 and Season 2 followed in January of this year.

In Season 1, world No. 1 Swiatek was featured in one episode and her run to the 2022 US Open title. In one particular scene, Swiatek was shown in a hair salon accompanied by her sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz. 

When the hairdresser asks what kind of haircut she'd like, Abramowicz responds that Swiatek's hair must be cut in a way that she can tie it back up. Swiatek interjects by saying that she "refuses to sacrifice my hair to sport when everything else is." The scene then cuts and ends with Abramowicz not saying anything but just giving Swiatek a look. 

That scene drew lots of negative attention and criticism and backlash toward Abramowicz, with some calling for Swiatek to fire her. Last year, Swiatek strongly defended Abramowicz by saying that the situation was taken out of context - that she was sarcastic in her answer to Abramowicz - and that her psychologist is the person who wants nothing but the best for her. 

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Swiatek on not being a part of Break Point Season 2

On Sunday, Swiatek crushed Linda Noskova 6-4 6-0 to progress into the Indian Wells round-of-16. After getting a couple of questions about her win, Swiatek was asked if she heard about Netflix canceling Break Point.

"Well, honestly, I didn't know about that. I don't have any answer to that right now," Swiatek said.

"I was involved only in Season 1, and I gotta say that it was kind of a test for me if I'm going to be comfortable talking about my life and, like, opening up so much. But, well, I think it was a great idea, but I think we have, you know, many different and complicated stories that it's hard to, like, describe them in a couple of episodes, you know.

"My appearance in this series kind of caused some hate towards me and my team. So I just wanted to, you know, live my life peacefully and do my job, so that's why I didn't get into the second season."

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After addressing Break Point, Swiatek paid tribute to Agnieszka Radwanska

Before Swiatek came on the scene and achieved massive success, Polish women's tennis was led by Radwanska, who was one of the best players in the world for a decade. 

During her career, Radwanska won 20 WTA titles and was also ranked as high as No. 2 in the world. Also, Radwanska became the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era - she lost to Serena Williams in the 2012 Wimbledon final. Also, Radwanska was a Grand Slam semifinalist on four other occasions. 

When Radwanska concluded her career in 2018, she finished as the most successful Polish female tennis player by far. At the time, no one could have predicted that Radwanska's achievements would be beaten in a couple of years. 

While 22-year-old Swiatek has 18 titles - two less than Radwanska - she is undoubtedly already more accomplished since she has four Grand Slam titles and she has also been ranked at the world No. 1 for 94 weeks already. 

But when asked about Radwanska in Indian Wells, Swiatek refused to brag about her achievements or anything like that. Instead, she showed some major respect and appreciation for Radwanska and how she showed everyone that it's possible to be a Pole and make it in tennis.

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"Well, I knew how many titles she won, so I knew sometimes it just pops up in the back of my head, but honestly, it doesn't really matter. She played in such a different times with different opponents, and she has different game style. So I'm not, you know, comparing our careers because it just doesn't make any sense, you know," Swiatek said when asked how she feels knowing that she is close to Radwanska's 20 titles.

"But for sure I'm always going to be grateful that she was the first one that actually, like, showed us that it's possible and set the path maybe for other players that are going to be on WTA, because we don't have much of a system in Poland.

"So for me, you know, having Aga, like, make me realize that maybe it's possible, even though when I was younger I didn't even think about being here, because it was kind of abstract (smiling). I mean, most of my peers or friends, they didn't make it and they stopped playing. So I wasn't sure if I'm gonna, you know, be different."

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