Iga Swiatek, who has been involved in several humanitarian causes during her budding career, has been nominated for the Rise and Raise Others Award constituted by UN Women.
The three-time Grand Slam champion donated her award in support of World Mental Health Day last year and also to Polish nonprofits after recently finishing second in Ostrava.
During her on-court interview after the Ostrava final, Swiatek said she wanted to use her position to raise awareness about mental health.
“I really wanted to play well here to have a big amount of money to give away and I’m pretty happy I was able to do that,” said the Pole. “I really want to raise awareness and let people know that they can use help if they need it, or help others if they have resources. I’m pretty happy to use my position that way.”
The 21-year-old has also auctioned off her winning racquet several times to fund equipment for children’s hospitals.
Swiatek also brought together Agnieszka Radwanska and Elina Svitolina, along with former footballer Andriy Shevchenko, to organize a charity tennis event in Krakow to raise money for war-affected children in Ukraine.
“For months I have been working with my team on a charity initiative for Ukraine to support those who are suffering because of the war. There will also be a special guest representing Ukraine – former (Ukrainian) footballer Andriy Shevchenko,” she announced on social media. media.
Iga Swiatek’s phenomenal 2022 season
Iga Swiatek has enjoyed phenomenal success this season, starting with WTA 1000 triumphs in Doha and Indian Wells followed by another in Miami.
The Pole went on to triumph in Stuttgart, Rome and Roland Garros as part of a 37-game winning streak that ended at Wimbledon after a third-round loss to Alize Cornet.
A triumph at the US Open allowed Swiatek to consolidate his position as world No. 1 with a lead of more than 5,000 points over second-placed Ons Jabeur.
Barbora Krejcikova ended Swiatek’s 10-game winning streak in the finals after successfully overtaking the pole in Ostrava last week.
After losing a final for the first time in three years, Swiatek will kick off his San Diego Open campaign by taking on Zheng Qinwen on Thursday.