Iga Swiatek doing a 'great job to educate' about mental health, says psychologist

Iga Swiatek was the latest athlete to speak out on the importance of mental health, and her team psychologist Daria Abramowicz believes her words will have a great impact.

Iga Swiatek has enjoyed a breakthrough year so far in 2022, claiming the title of world No.1 and backing it up with some superb performances.

The latest came in the Italian Open, where the Polish star claimed a fifth consecutive title with a victory over Ons Jabeur in the final.

Swiatek wrapped up the title with a 6-2 6-2 win, marking her 28th consecutive victory, and the 20-year-old spoke excellently about the importance of her mental health after lifting the silverware.

Her psychologist Daria Abramowicz has since spoken out about how impactful Swiatek's words can be, alongside those of other female athletes who have helped discuss the topic in recent years.

"It's unique, it's amazing. And I really, really do hope that she will set an example for other young athletes," said Abramowicz.

"I can see already generational change but I hope athletes like Iga - and also Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles - they are so young but they are really, really doing a great job to educate.

"I hope we will have many, many more and it will raise awareness not only in the sports environment but also in the everyday life of many people."

After strengthening her position as world No.1 over the last few months, Swiatek can now look forward to adding another Grand Slam to her trophy cabinet, with the start of the French Open fast approaching.

The Pole won the title back in 2020 and will enter this month's tournament as favourite. But with pressure now mounting on the No.1 seed, Abramowicz emphasised how Swiatek's mental preparation has helped her handle the expectation.

"We tried really, really hard, even before Roland Garros 2020, to prepare Iga," she said. "We as a team and obviously Iga herself put in all the work to be able to manage success properly when it comes.

"And I don't say 'if' because, if we have goals, and we are working to achieve these goals, we are using this mindset, 'OK, we will achieve them, so what's next?'

"Definitely she didn't surprise me. I'm so proud of her that she's using all the tools that she's been learning these last three years. I really am fortunate to witness how she uses these tools, how she uses the proper attitude and how she manages the challenges.

"There are huge challenges and I sense that it's just the beginning. It's a lot of career before her and there will be many, many more and we will be working hard trying to manage them well."

Swiatek's French Open campaign will start later this week, with qualifiers already underway during Monday's session.

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