Swiatek on why there are so many injuries after Sinner and Alcaraz’s retirements in Rome

According to Iga Swiatek, player injuries are partly caused by the regulations that are in place on the ATP and WTA Tours. The physical toll on players, according to her, is also a result of the tour's increased demands.

Swiatek Pumped Up

Iga Swiatek claims that the regulations governing the ATP and WTA Tours have a role in contributing to players’ injuries. She claims that the additional demands of the tour also contribute to the physical toll that players experience. Swiatek has attributed elite tennis players’ injuries to mandated tournaments. Before the French Open, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz were all struggling with their fitness on the ATP tour.

Swiatek was questioned about the growing number of injuries sustained by players such as Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz at a pre-tournament press conference. This was because an unreported right forearm injury and an undisclosed ailment forced both players to withdraw from the Italian Open.

Swiatek expressed her remarks about it and said: “Well, I think overall, sport is more demanding because we play faster. I mean, on the other hand, we’re focused on getting our physicality better. Sometimes you have more prevention because of that. On the other hand, everybody is stronger. Everybody is moving a little bit better. It’s also harder to win matches. It’s hard for me to compare ATP tennis on clay and hard. I’m not that kind of specialist in terms of analysing to know why they have injuries now. Maybe, on the other hand, it’s just a coincidence that it happened only a couple of days ago.”

She added: “Overall, the tour is getting more demanding because of the length of the tournaments and all these mandatory rules, both on ATP and WTA. We’ll see what it’s going to bring in the future. For sure, scheduling-wise, the planning is going to be more important, sometimes even passing some tournaments that are important for you, for you to be ready for the next one.”

Iga Swiatek in 2024

Iga Swiatek

38 - 4win/loss

I Hard
22 year old
2024 Highlights

Currently the world no.1, the Pole played her last match on the 4th of May when she beat world no.2 Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 4-6 7-6(7) in the final in Madrid to win her 21st career title.

At the moment, during this season Iga owns a composed 32-4 win-loss record. The Pole has won 4 titles in 2024 in Australia, Doha, Indian Wells and Madrid.

Iga Swiatek will square off with the world no.77 Bernarda Pera in the 2nd round on Thursday at 7:00 pm on CENTER COURT. Their actual head to head record is 2-0 for Swiatek.

The Pole clinched 4 titles in 2024 in Australia, Doha, Indian Wells and Madrid.

The Pole won 21 titles in her career: 13 on hard courts and 8 on clay courts. (See the list of her titles)

Swiatek's Record

Jannik Sinner in 2024

Jannik Sinner

28 - 2win/loss

I Hard
22 year old
2024 Highlights

Ranked world no.2 (career-high), Jannik played his last match on the 30th of April when he defeated world no.18 Karen Khachanov 5-7 6-3 6-3 in the 4th round in Madrid (draw).

Presently, during this year Sinner achieved a 28-2 match record. Sinner clinched 3 titles in 2024 at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami.

Sinner's Record

Carlos Alcaraz in 2024

Carlos Alcaraz

18 - 5win/loss

21 year old
2024 Highlights

Now ranked no.3, Alcaraz played his last match on the 1st of May when he was defeated by world no.6 Andrey Rublev 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the quarter in Madrid (draw).

This season Carlos has a 18-5 record. This year, the Spaniard lifted the trophy in Indian Wells.

Alcaraz's Record