The dedication of World No. 1 Iga Swiatek to the cause of mental health awareness is well known. Following her three-set loss against Barbora Krejcikova in the Agel Open final on Sunday, the Polish star’s dedication to the cause advanced further. Swiatek disclosed during her on-court interview that she will give her prize money from the competition to a Polish mental health nonprofit.
Last year, during the BNP Paribas Open, Swiatek donated his first prize money to a mental health charity in honour of World Mental Health Day, which is observed on October 10. Since her historic triumph at Roland Garros in 2020, she has been transparent about her work with sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz.
The No. 1 player in the world at age 21 made the promise during an emotional on-court speech in Ostrava after she finished second. She also took the opportunity to thank the hordes of Polish fans who had travelled to Ostrava to support her. In her post-match press conference, Swiatek explained her motivations for making the donation, though she hasn’t yet specified which charity it would go to. “I really wanted to play well here to have a big amount of money to donate … and I’m pretty happy that I could do that,” Swiatek said, reported WTA Tour.
Pledging to donate her prize money to Polish non-profit organizations ahead of #WorldMentalHealthDay tomorrow 🧠@iga_swiatek continuing to be an inspiration on and off the court 💜#OstravaOpen pic.twitter.com/oUc2HAPhZd
— wta (@WTA) October 9, 2022