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Coach Tomasz Wiktorowski asked about improving Iga Swiatek’s grass game

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Coach Tomasz Wiktorowski underlined making Iga Swiatek a more complete player is always the main goal as he feels the Pole has what it takes to one day become a good grass court. Swiatek, 21, was just 19 when she captured her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2020.

This year, Swiatek elevated her game to a new level and became a dominant force on hard as well. Now, the grass is the only surface that Swiatek hasn’t figured out yet. During this year’s grass season, Swiatek appeared at just one grass event – Wimbledon.

At The Championships, Swiatek reached the third round before suffering a 6-4 6-2 loss to Alize Cornet. “It won’t be a particular challenge. There will come a moment when we start thinking about grass. But generally, we mainly think about developing Iga in every direction, which should also give her better tools to feel more confident on grass,” Wiktorowski told Polish sports journalist Dominik Senkowski.

Coach Wiktorowski on helping Swiatek elevate her game

A year ago, Swiatek fired her long-time coach Piotr Sierzputowski. After firing Sierzputowski, Swiatek added Wiktorowski to her coaching staff.

Swiatek, who wanted to become a more aggressive player in 2022, can now safely say that she made the best possible decision when she decided to hire Wiktorowski. “I was lucky that what we worked on in December brought results very quickly.

Iga showed that she was already a great player and she just needed a bit of redirection, different training. To be honest, I didn’t expect her to be able to put these little things on the court so quickly: such as forehand swing correction, position on return or the ratio of the direction of shot.

In turn, thanks to the fact that good results came quickly, it was also easier for me later. We built trust and were able to move forward based on that,” Wiktorowski explained.

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