2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek has added Tomasz Wiktorowski to her team for the 2022 season. Last week, Swiatek announced split with her long-term coach Piotr Sierzputowski. After collaborating for five years, Swiatek decided she needed a change ahead of the 2022 season.
Coach Wiktorowski said at the moment it's just a temporary solution and that there is no guarantee they will be working together for a long time.
"I’ve started my pre-season, but today I would like to tell you something significant… After more than 5 years I’ve decided to finish my cooperation with my coach Piotr Sierzputowski," Swiatek announced on Saturday.
Confirmed: Tomasz Wiktorowski today starts working with Iga Swiatek to prepare her for the Australian swing.
He says that *at the moment* it's just a temporary solution and a "natural" decision after working closely with Iga's manager and father this yearhttps://t.co/0yCOVdvuRT — Diego Barbiani (@Diego_Barbiani) December 6, 2021
"This change is really challenging for me and this decision wasn’t easy, either… As tennis players we meet on our path a lot of people who contribute great value into our work and, often, into our life too, because we spend almost the whole year on tour together.
I found out that sometimes in our professional life we need changes to develop more, evolve and meet other people with whom we’re going to create a cooperation for the next stages of our development."
Swiatek was grateful to Sierzputowski
Swiatek won a maiden Grand Slam and reached a career-high ranking of No.
4 in the world under the guidance of Sierzputowsk. "I would like to thank you Coach for everything that you did for me. We gave each other so much and I hope that we’ll continue to grow and develop with this experience we’ve gained together.
I owe you a lot and truly appreciate the time we’ve spent together. All those years enabled us to be in the place that we are now," Swiatek added. "I suppose you may have questions about what’s next. I have everything I need to be able to work and I would like to focus on my pre-season without any outside pressure. I hope you’ll understand it."