Iga Swiatek responds to claim she demanded money from PZT: Absolutely not true

Ex-Polish tennis chief claimed that Swiatek demanded to be paid a hefty sum ahead of Tokyo.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek responds to claim she demanded money from PZT: Absolutely not true

Iga Swiatek insists it is absolutely not true that she demanded money from the Polish Tennis Federation ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. On Monday, Polish media reported that former Polish Tennis Federation boss Miroslaw Skrzypczynski claimed that Swiatek demanded to be paid 1.5 million PLN ahead of the Olympics.

Swiatek, 21, made her Olympic debut in the summer of 2021 in Tokyo. When contacted by a comment from Dominik Senkowski, Swiatek strongly insisted that those claims by Skrzypczynski were not true. "Before the Olympics, I had no direct contact with Mirosław Skrzypczyński, such words were never said, they are untrue.

How much the Olympics cost me emotionally and how much they meant to me was seen by the whole world after I lost the match to Paula Badosa. I have never treated the Games as a way of earning money and money has never been and will not be a condition for my participation in them," Swiatek told Senkowski of sport.pl.

Swiatek: It was my honor to represent Poland

In her first-ever Olympic match, Swiatek defeated Mona Barthel 6-2 6-2.

Unfortunately for Swiatek, she didn't make it too far in Tokyo as Paula Badosa handed her a 6-3 7-6 (4) loss in the second round. Swiatek also competed in the mixed doubles event at the Tokyo Olympics as she and Lukasz Kubot made the quarterfinal before losing to Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina.

"For me, the Olympics have always been and will be the greatest value in sport on so many levels that it is difficult to list them all, also because of my family traditions and the special role of my father in my sports development.

Dad, who gave me maximum independence in the discipline from an early age. In 2021, even though it was the first season after winning Roland Garros, the Games were my absolute priority and I did everything to prepare for them as best as possible," Swiatek added. Swiatek enjoyed an impressive 2022 season and now she is widely considered one of the best Polish athletes.

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