The retired former tennis player Agnieszka Radwańska was awarded the Independence Centenary Medal on Tuesday, during her an event to mark her legacy in Kraków, southern Poland.
The award was presented by Sports minister Witold Bańka, on behalf of PM Mateusz Morawiecki.
“We can count numerous titles and victories, we can keep telling you how wonderful an ambassador of our country you were, but first of all, I would like to stress how magnificent your personality is. You were the ambassador of fair play, and you worked really hard to achieve success. Poland thanks you, Poland loves you,” said Mr Bańka, who was recently voted the chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
After the ceremony, a match took place, where Ms Radwańska and Łukasz Kubot played against Caroline Woźniacki and Mariusz Matkowski in a friendly, one-set mixed game.
Ms Radwańska, who announced her retirement in November 2018 mostly due to health issues, is arguably the best Polish female tennis player in history. During her sports career, she won twenty career singles titles and was once ranked no. 2 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking, in July 2012.
She was the first Polish tennis player to win the WTA singles title (2007 Nordic Light Open), to reach a Grand Slam singles tournament final (Wimbledon, 2012) and to win the WTA Finals (in 2015).
For her accomplishments in sport and for representing her country with distinction, she was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by the Polish President in 2013.
In January, Agnieszka Radwańska was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.