Coach Piotr Sierzputowski reflects on his split with Iga Swiatek

Coach Piotr Sierzputowski said Iga Swiatek was courageous enough to stand and tell him in the face about her decision to split with him. 

Swiatek announced split from Sierzputowski after five years of partnership. 

“At the meeting with Iga and the staff, she told me what decision she had made. In my opinion, she led this conversation very well,” Sierzputowski said during an exclusive interview with Polish magazine WP Sportowe Fakty, as revealed on Sportskeeda. “The fact that she was able to take it upon herself proves her professionalism and respect for me.”

Sierzputowski guided Swiatek to winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2020 French Open. 

“The desire to win is her greatest motivation. It’s not about money, it’s not about fame. It’s about winning,” Sierzputowski noted. 

Sierzputowski says Swiatek has a high ceiling 

Swiatek achieved a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world during her partnership wtih Sierzputowski but her former coach believes she is capable of beocming a world No. 1. 

“I think she has potential for that [being World No.1]. In two or three years, she can dominate,” Sierzputowski said. “In my opinion, the first place in the WTA ranking is within her reach.”

Sierzputowski said Swiatek was a good player to coach. 

“When something was planned, she always did it from start to finish. It has never been the case that she did not give her 100% during training,” Sierzputowski said. “Iga is taught to be diligent. Nobody can accuse her of not working.”

Sierzputowski admitted she and Swiatek reached the dead end. 

“It is important to what extent the player can trust the coach. In our case, this trust was lacking on both sides” he said. “It was one of the elements of burnout that I am talking about. We came to the point where it was difficult for us to develop together, we stopped.”

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