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At 21, world number one Iga Swirtek is 'learning' the business of tennis

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In her case, the 21-year-old Iga Spheretek, who has two major championship tennis trophies, a world No. 1 ranking and the longest WTA winning streak of the century, quickly realized that she was still new to both tennis and life. point out. Included.

“First of all, I am still learning in both tennis and business.It is important to have balance in all areas of my life and work. Come on, let me play tennis, and focus on it.”

Having won his first major title, the French Open, at Roland Garros in 2020, Swiertek will follow suit with the 2022 French Open title. And during the 2022 run, the Polish player also recorded his 37-match winning streak, the longest of the century. All that wins have catapulted her to the top of her WTA world rankings. It was fast for a player who wore her head-to-toe Asics apparel and shoes and sported her signature Technifiber racquet.

“After winning my first French Open title, I had to grow in a very short period of time and learn how to operate not only in sports but also in business responsibilities,” she says. This is why I have created a team of sports and business professionals and brought in people I trust, I can manage all interviews, press conferences, so I can say that I learned very quickly how to operate in both areas. Or photography, it doesn’t interfere with my sprot performance.”

She credits her team and sponsors for prioritizing her health. “Tennis is the foundation of everything and we should all be on the same page,” she says. is the motto of

Swiertek says he’s had a head start in learning to manage expectations since winning the French Open in 2000, especially in a win-filled 2022. The goal, she says, was to stay happy and balanced in her career because she had time to work on processes, rules, and frameworks. “There’s no rush to get as many sponsors as possible,” she says. “We are phasing everything on and off the court.”

She knows that expectations are always ‘too high’ and tries to manage them while caring about her priorities. Swiatek has signed with Red Bull, Lexus, Rolex and more to use her gear on-court. Whether it’s the French-based racquet her maker’s signature her frame, or Japan-based Asics apparel and footwear, Swiatek has made it her own with such a strong game on the court. We are helping to create the gear of

Wearing Asics Gel-Resolution 8 tennis shoes and often opting for sleeveless tops with skirts, Swiatek continues to be Asics’ top female tennis player.

“Athletic apparel is one of the most important things in my job, so I am fully involved,” she says. “For example, just before this year’s Billie Jean King Cup, I met with the Asics team in Poland to test shoes and my apparel for the upcoming season.”

She was training on the court in trial gear while the Asics team recorded tennis sessions and asked questions. “After practice, I shared my feedback with them and they applied my comments,” she says. This is great because I feel like I can give it to you.”

But through all tennis and the tennis business, Swiatek says balance is the key to making it all work. “So reading is definitely my passion. I like a variety of genres, from novels to business-related books and biographies.”

What’s her favorite spot on those pages? You can enjoy stand-up paddle boarding between chapters anywhere near water. “Wherever I am on tour, I am always looking for places to relax close to nature,” she says. A balance between tennis, business and relaxation has so far proven to be a key factor in the careers of young players.