Swiatek burst into tears on the court a few times.
Iga Swiatek thinks there are double stands in how people judge men and women showing emotions and admitted that she is always to hear comments such as “Swiatek is done” and “her career is over.” Swiatek, 22, is considered the best player in women’s tennis but even she is no stranger to emotional outbursts on the court.
During a 2021 WTA Finals match against Maria Sakkari, the emotions got the better of Swiatek and she started crying on the court. After losing to Jessica Pegula at the United Cup earlier this year, Swiatek broke down in tears.
Afterward, Swiatek received some criticism for crying after a defeat. On one occasion, Swiatek admitted to feeling “ashamed” of crying on the court because she thought that’s not the way a great champion should be.
Swiatek: Women are judged more harshly for showing emotions
“Journalists often ask me about the 2021 WTA Finals in Guadalajara.
It’s not good when your emotions prevent you from continuing to play or perform your best tennis. We all work to be better than the tennis player on the other side of the net, but crises keep coming, just like in life. Sometimes people don’t understand that a player also has the right to emotions.
It’s much harder for athletes to forgive them. That’s why I felt ashamed after Guadalajara. Today I believe that we should not be like rocks. If I pretended to be indestructible, I would be distorting reality. I prefer to show my real face.
Women are judged more harshly, as if we had no control over our emotions at all. During the ATP Finals, we saw that men also react differently on the court, sometimes they are aggressive, sometimes they also cry. However, in men’s tennis it is accepted and interpreted as a passion that leads to success.
Meanwhile, I read again this season that I sometimes lose control over my emotions,” Swiatek told SportoweFakty. This year, some started claiming that Swiatek was “done” after the Pole started to struggle with her game and lost the world No 1 ranking to Aryna Sabalenka in September.
“That ‘Swiątek is done,’ that ‘her career is over.’ I cannot understand such opinions. Some people are very guided by gender stereotypes,” Swiatek said.