It has only been a few days since Iga Świątek returned to Poland after winning the French Open in sensational fashion, but the reverberations of victory are already leaving their mark on the country’s tennis circles.
The 19-year-old Pole announced that she had already concluded the season as she pulled out of a couple of WTA tournaments. Her coaching staff keeps repeating that all she needs right now is peace and quiet.
Iga Świątek has high hopes that her performance at Roland Garros will help to trigger the organising of a WTA-rank tournament on Polish soil, as not many prestigious tennis events have been held in Poland over the years.
In fact, the “Iga Świątek” effect is pending as we speak. Poland’s Sports Ministry earmarked additional funds to launch a new tennis training programme for boys and girls. Furthermore, plans have been made to establish a fully-fledged centre for tennis excellence. The construction is scheduled to be completed next year.