Iga Swiatek: On Coping With Instant Fame

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)

The Winter 2020 edition of ITFWorld, the International Tennis Federation‘s official magazine, has been published. In its latest issue, the cover story is an exclusive interview with Roland Garros women’s singles champion Iga Swiatek, in which she speaks out about coping with instant fame that came with her Grand Slam triumph.

Also, we learn that Swiatek likes being Rafael Nadal on her PlayStation and she offers her thoughts about a desire to unite people during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ITF’s online magazine also includes features on up-and-coming French star Hugo Gaston and US Open quad singles champion Sam Schroeder.

Djokovic helping fight against Covid-19 at home

As a way of contributing to the fight against the COVID-19 virus, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic contributed a state-of-the-art Canon CT device to the Dragiša Mišović Clinical Hospital Centre. The scanner will help speed up the diagnosis of COVID patients.

Jurgen Zopp announces his retirement

Estonia’s top-ranked male player, Jurgen Zopp, 32, has announced his retirement. Currently ranked No. 561, Zopp reached a career high ranking of No. 71 in 2012 after turning pro in 2008. His career win-loss record in ATP Tour matches was 26-39. Zopp finished his career with three ATP Challenger Tour titles and he also won 15 ITF titles.

“I began competing full-time after finishing high school at 19 years-old,” Zopp told Estonian daily Eesti Päevaleht. “I have done that for 13 years now. It demands and I think it is human to tire of it eventually. I do not have the freshness necessary to climb upwards. I did a lot. Reached the Top 100 at 24 years-old. No one in Estonia believed that could ever happen. A back injury came at the worst time, followed by another climb into the Top 100 and finally the third round of the French Open. There is a lot of positives to take from my career.”

Battle of Brits schedule is out

The Battle of the Brits Premier League of Tennis begins Sunday morning at the National Tennis Center in Roehampton, England. On Friday, the Lawn Tennis Association’s website published the men’s and women’s schedule of matches taking place from Sunday through Wednesday. Andy Murray will face Dan Evans on Sunday afternoon and take on Cameron Norrie on Tuesday afternoon.

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What they’re podcasting

Catching up with former pro and coach turned ESPN broadcaster Brad Gilbert on his “Winning Uglier” podcast.

What they’re sharing on social media

Felix Auger-Aliassime / Enjoying the beauties of Mallorca

Aliźe Cornet / Last push before Christmas

Rafael Nadal / Good hitting with Emil Ruusuvouri