Iga Swiatek has a right to speak her mind, of course, and she has earned the right to be heard. She has been the top-ranked player on the WTA tour for 72 straight weeks (and counting) now. When she speaks, people should listen.
And she probably speaks for everyone when she recently talked about how much hate there is on social media platforms. During the course of her run at the Western and Southern Open, Swiatek was doing a press conference after her fourth-round victory in which she had lost a set. She said, “…the amount of hate and criticism that me and my team get after even losing a set is just ridiculous. I want to encourage people to be more thoughtful when they comment on the internet.”
But sadly, social media has turned into a tool for people to set in front of their screens and invisibly comment on things they have no control over or know the inner workings of. It is so easy to just type a few words of meanness simply because one can. What a strange world we live in.
Iga Swiatek has some beefs with Netflix and social media
Added Swiatek – and she might as well have been speaking for all of us when she said this – “We (her team) all sacrifice a lot, and we are all working really hard to be in that place. We are always giving 100 percent of what we can do every day.” So maybe think twice before you say something harmful about a person you do not know.
Swiatek also has an issue with the popular Netflix series Break Point. Just ahead of Wimbledon, Break Point resumed with new episodes, and one of those featured Swiatek. She chose to take part in the series, but she did not sign off on Netflix showing all the facets of her personal life. Swiatek had an issue with how the episode featuring her was put together, however.
Of course, shows like Break Point try to build some tension to keep viewers watching. Those series don’t always show the complete person a player is, and this was what bothered Swiatek. A film crew has followed her for a bunch of the year, but the episode left out a charity exhibition event in Krakow that Swiatek held to help raise funds for those displaced by the war in Ukraine. Other players at the event, called “Iga Swiatek and friends for Ukraine,” included Elina Svitolina.
At a press conference in Cincinnati, Swiatek said, “I totally get why they are doing stuff like that, but there was some stuff that I wanted to be included – for example, the exhibition in Krakow – but it wasn’t. So it was kind of sad for me.”
The top-ranked WTA player will now no longer participate in Break Point moving forward. Kind of a shame to not have the best player on the women’s side involved.