Iga Swiatek hasn’t found it tough becoming a Grand Slam champion on the court, but she’s still adjusting to the attention that comes with it outside the lines.
The teenager captured Roland Garros to become the first player from Poland to win a Grand Slam singles title, with her victory watched by 1.6 million people in the country. Since returning home, she has stayed in front of the cameras.
“‘It’s been crazy in Poland,” she told the Daily Mail. “On Wednesday, I was on air from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.”
Swiatek had never won a tour event and was ranked No. 54 coming into Roland Garros. She dropped just 28 games on her way to the title, against opponents that included 2018 champion Simona Halep and 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin.
“I can finally get my thoughts together and I can finally believe I’ve won a Grand Slam,” she said. “I’m getting more and more popular so I’m still trying to get used to that.”
Swiatek also reached the doubles semifinal, saying the extra play on court helped her produce the high level of tennis she showed through the competition.
“‘It had a pretty good impact because I had a match every day,” she noted, despite having “actually thought it would make me more tired.
“It helped me to develop my volleys and approach play too, so I definitely think it was good to take doubles seriously.”
Next, she would like to play like this more often.
“‘My main goal now is to be consistent and to experience the Top 10 of the rankings for a long period of time,” the world No. 17 said.