The 2020 French Open Champion Iga Swiatek has been training at SotoTennis Academy.
The teenager from Poland chose STA as her base for 9 days in April to prepare for the start of the 2021 clay-court season.
Lifting a Grand Slam trophy is something that all tennis players dream of.
It´s the pinnacle of a player´s career, a reward for years of hard work and sacrifice on and off the court.
Now imagine doing that at just 19 years old?!
Iga Swiatek did just that last September, when she won the French Open, becoming the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title.
And she did it in style! Iga didn´t drop a set throughout the tournament, taking out Simona Halep in the 4th round, and Sofia Kenin in the final.
SotoTennis Academy Welcomes Iga Swiatek
As Iga prepares for the return to the clay court season, our Academy players have been lucky enough to have been training alongside her on our red clay courts.
You won´t find many things more inspiring for our players than sharing a court with a defending Grand Slam Champion!
Iga and her team even joined our Friday Circle, a tradition we have at the Academy at the end of every week. She thanked all of our Academy players for inspiring her..
Iga Swiatek on our Control the Controllables Podcast
Iga also took the time to come on our podcast, Control the Controllables and chat to STA Director Dan Kiernan.
Listen to Iga discuss her journey from juniors to world number 15 and her win at Roland Garros. She also opens up about how she´s feeling now she´s returning to the clay no longer as an underdog, but as a Grand Slam Champion.
It´s a great episode!