World No. 1 Iga Swiatek says she hasn’t forgotten about Ukraine and admits she’s disappointed to see some players have seemingly stopped showing solidarity with Ukraine. On Saturday, Swiatek organized “iga Swiatek and Friends for Ukraine” in Krakow.
All the money raised was donated to Ukraine and Swiatek was happy to have achieved her goal of organizing a charity for Ukraine. Since the start of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, Swiatek has been calling for peace and showing solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
“I have noticed that the memory of the war has faded. A lot of players took off the ribbons they had on in February for two or three matches. I find it a bit inconsistent. This ribbon stayed with me and will stay with me,” Swiatek said. said.
Iga Świątek @iga_swiatek said today about Ukraine: “I have noticed that the memory of the war has faded. A lot of players have taken off the ribbons they put on in February for two or three matches. I think this a bit inconsistent.
This ribbon stayed with me and will stay with me” — Dominik Senkowski (@dsenkowski07) July 23, 2022
Swiatek has been calling for peace since the start of the war
“For me the most important thing is to use my voice,” Swiatek told Eurosport in March.
“I’m only 20, so I’m not an expert and I don’t know how to wage war, but for sure I want sport to connect people, and maybe bring some joy and also for all players a kind of similar voice so we can fight this together.
We are quite popular and have some influence on people in our countries, so why not use that? Meanwhile, Swiatek will stay in Poland for at least a while as she makes her Polish Open debut in Warsaw.
“I want to play in Warsaw as long as possible. It’s a special tournament for me, playing at home. I know someone can expect me to start another winning streak, but I just want to m have fun on the court and showcase the best tennis.” Swiatek said.
In the first round of Warsaw, Swiatek will face Magdalena Frech. The Polish Open is a clay court event and it will be interesting to see how Swiatek performs in Warsava after Wimbledon.