Iga Swiatek has split with her longtime coach Piotr Sierzputowski. Sierzputowski has been coaching Swiatek since Swiatek was 14 and helped Swiatek win her first grand slam title at the 2020 French Open. The split was amicable and Swiatek acknowledged Sierzputowski’s contributions.
In her social media post, Swiatek said:
I’ve started my pre-season, but today I would like to tell you something significant. After more than 5 years I’ve decided to finish my cooperation with my coach Piotr Sierzputowski. This change is really challenging for me and this decision wasn’t easy, either.
As tennis players we meet on our path a lot of people who contribute great value into our work and, often, into our life too, because we spend almost the whole year on tour together. I found out that sometimes in our professional life we need changes to develop more, evolve and meet other people with whom we’re going to create a cooperation for the next stages of our development.
I would like to thank you Coach for everything that you did for me. We gave each other so much and I hope that we’ll continue to grow and develop with this experience we’ve gained together. I owe you a lot and truly appreciate the time we’ve spent together. All those years enabled us to be in the place that we are now.
Piotr Sierzputowski posted a message on Instagram announcing the split.
After more than 5 years my cooperation with Iga has finished. It has been a long time, especially in tennis. It’s natural that we need changes in work and, usually, they’re becoming chances.
I’m very glad about those 5 years when Iga gradually was developing herself and in the last two seasons she won not only the French Open, but two other WTA titles, too. Iga stayed at the world class top and proved her worth, so of course – there are some opportunities and I’m going to need some time for a couple of conversations and then I’ll make a decision.
Big thanks to Iga and to the whole team for all those years. I wish Iga the best, good luck to you and to the team.”
After the highs of 2020, Iga Swiatek had a relatively modest 2021. Her best grand slam result came at the French Open where she reached the quarterfinals.