Iga Swiatek on WTA Finals preparation: Practiced in Phoenix, in the mountains

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Iga Swiatek on WTA Finals preparation: Practiced in Phoenix, in the mountains

Former world No. 4 Iga Swiatek went to Phoenix and practicted in the mountains, in a tennis club recommended by Bethanie Mattek Sands. Swiatek, 20, is set to make her debut at the WTA Finals. “We were practicing in Phoenix, in the mountains, because Bethanie Mattek Sands invited us.

She provided some good clubs," Swiatek said, per WTA Insider. “Good tennis clubs, I mean. Don't get me wrong, I am not partying that hard”.

Swiatek supporting mental health by donating money

Recently, Swiatek donated $50,000 -- $25,000 to two non-profit health organizations.

"It’s the first time I commit a bigger amount of money to support a purpose that is relevant to me," Swiatek said in an Instagram post. "My decision was spontaneous. World Mental Health Day, my win that day, Daria’s birthday, the fact that exactly one year ago I won a Grand Slam - impacted my decision.

"I asked you for help in choosing a non-profit organization providing mental health support. 50k $ is a big amount of money in Polish reality, so, as a team, we decided to support two foundations with my prize money for the 3rd round in @bnpparibasopen (so 25k $ for each).

Our aims are not only to provide them financial support, but to appreciate their work in terms of education and raising awareness in the field of mental health, especially among children and teenagers. I’m publishing this post having in mind that it can raise awareness, as well." The two organizations that received the donation will use the money to hire new psychotherapists.

"Both foundations - @fundacjaslonienabalkonie and @dajemydzieciomsile - will use this money to hire new psychotherapists to work with children and teenagers who struggle with depression, anxiety, violence and suicidal thoughts.

Never in those foundations' history has the demand for therapy been so high as it is now, mainly because of the pandemic," Swiatek added.