Born in Warsaw, Poland in 2001, Swiatek initially started out as a swimmer but switched to playing tennis, opting to follow in the footsteps of her older sister into the sport.
After briefly competing on the ITF junior circuit in 2013, she made her professional debut three years later and won her first three titles when she was just 15 years old.
She made her debut on the WTA Tour in 2019 and made her first tour-level final that year at the Ladies Open Lugano.
At the rescheduled French Open in the autumn of 2020, Swiatek claimed the singles crown to win her first major title despite starting the tournament ranked as number 54 in the world.
She made further progress in 2022, winning both the French Open and the US Open grand slam titles and becoming world number one.
So, how much do you know about Swiatek’s journey to becoming the talented tennis player she is today? This is her story.
Early Life, Parents And Upbringing
Swiatek was born in Warsaw, Poland on 31 May 2001 to parents Dorota and Tomasz. Her father Tomasz is a former professional rower who competed in the men’s quadruple sculls event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Her Dorota mother is an orthodontist.
Her father Tomasz was keen for his daughters Iga and Agata, who is about three years older, to become professional athletes – but he preferred that they focused on individual sports rather than team sports to boost their chances of success.
Initially, Iga showed promise as a swimmer but tennis soon took over and she admits that it was a much better fit for her.