The Pole could try to win the Roland Garros and the Olympic Gold medal on the same city and the same facility, next season
Half of the tennis season has come to an end. After Wimbledon, apart from a few tournaments on European clay-courts, tennis players enjoy relaxing before tackling the North American hard-court season. The main events will be in Toronto, Cincinnati and New York.Meanwhile, some tennis players also engage in social activities. Hubert Hurkacz decided to start a Q&A on X/Twitter.
where the Polish tennis player answered questions from fans, ranging from tennis to everyday life.Hurkacz was asked if he will return to play mixed doubles with his countrywoman Iga Swiatek. The two played together in the United Cup, leading the national team to the final tournament of the new nations tournament.He told: “Yes, we will play mixed doubles together at the Olympic Games in Paris.”But that could be an important moment in Iga Swiatek’s extraordinary career.
If she – already a three-time champion at the Roland Garros – were to win the 2024 edition as well and, likewise, were to also win the gold medal in singles at Paris Olympic 2024, a very rare event would occur.In fact, she would be the second tennis player after Serena Williams who could triumph in a Slam and at the Olympics in the same year, in the same city and in the same facility.
In 2024, in fact, the Olympic tournament will be played at the Stade Roland Garros, the same venue as the French Open.Serena Williams is the only tennis player to have achieved this milestone, in 2012, by winning Wimbledon and the Olympic gold medal at the All England Club.
If Iga Swiatek were to win the Roland Garros ’24 and the Gold Medal at Paris Olympic ’24, she would be the first player since Serena Williams (London 2012) to win a Slam in singles and an Olympic gold medal in singles in the same year, in the same city and in the same facility.
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Iga Swiatek said the comparison to the Big 3 is rushed
Iga Swiatek gave an interesting interview to Tennis365, dealing with several interesting topics, including the competition from two important tennis players, such as Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina, which could kick off a new rivalry.She explained: ‘It is well known that the media also work in a way to attract viewers and creating a women Big 3 will certainly help in this regard, it is certainly interesting for the fans, but I believe that we and certainly I thrive to go continue on our way, regardless of what happens with the other players.When it comes to the Big 3, the nomination seems very rushed to me, because in men’s tennis we have Djokovic, Federer and Nadal who have achieved a little more than us!”In particular on the Belarusian tennis player: “Aryna has a goal as big as us, which is motivated by the fact that I am now ahead of her.I am also motivated by the fact that someone is chasing me, we are both having a very good season this year, playing very well, so these are reasons that push us to train even better, we want to work even better every day and be even more professional.”Then she returned to the victory in Paris: “Winning there was my big goal, so I’m very proud and happy about this.
In women’s tennis it has been a long time since we could defend the title in a Grand Slam tournament.I recognize that there was a lot of pressure, the tournament was not easy. In the first few matches, even though I was in control in most situations, I felt like I wasn’t playing my best tennis, I felt I had to perfect it, develop it during the tournament.”Then she concluded: “I’ve struggled with pressure off the court, so I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved and won recently, especially in the semifinal and final at Roland Garros.
The tiebreak with Beatriz Haddad Maia and the comeback in third set against Karolina Muchova were two situations where I had to show my heart, but I’m glad I did.”