Iga Swiatek has pledged to donate $50,000 of her prize money to support World Mental Health Day. Switaek announced the news after her third round win at Indian Wells. She said that her charitable donation was inspired by Venus Williams, who recently launched an initiative to provide $2 million for free mental health therapy.
Mental health has been a focus in tennis recently. Naomi Osaka raised mental health awareness by pulling out of the post-match press conferences at the French Open.
I would say in sports, for me it was always important to use that kind of help because I always thought that in my mental toughness there is some strength that I can use on court and I can also develop in that manner.
In 2020, Iga Swiatek created history by becoming the first Polish player ever to win a singles grand slam. Swiatek is also a favorite among fans. She was voted the WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year in 2020.