Iga Swiatek sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz says that high expectations can motivate a player, but also have a very negative impact, depending on how the player takes it. On the women’s side, World No.1 Swiatek has established herself as the most dominant player and the new face of women’s tennis. In men’s tennis, Carlos Alcaraz, 19, looks like someone he will dominate for a long time. With the retirement of Serena Williams and Roger Federer from tennis, some are labeling Swiatek and Alcaraz as “the new Williams and Federer” “It depends. These messages can be very motivating and encourage you to continue working. They can also be a burden, creating a sense of needing to meet one’s own or others’ expectations,” Abramowicz told Dominik Senkowski. In 2022, Swiatek enjoyed one of the most dominant seasons in recent years. This year, Swiatek won two Grand Slam titles and there was a period between February and July when she went 37 matches without losing. “I don’t have a crystal ball, I can’t answer. I can say one thing: it’s important to build a stable, healthy and sustainable career. It is necessary to focus on ourselves, on what we have of influence. We have influence in the use of skills, in correcting some mistakes, in the use of team knowledge, in the use of our potential. The key will be to ‘do your own thing’ and stay focused on the job,” Abramowicz said. During the US Open and San Diego Open, Swiatek drew negative attention to herself when she apparently tried to distract her opponents by waving her hands.
Federer thrilled everyone
Four-time Grand Slam singles champion Jim Courier has interviewed Roger Federer on many occasions, particularly at the Australian Open. “It was a real honor to be out there and Roger was and is amazing at those interviews. He set the standard for so many things, including on-court interviews, and he delivered,” Courier said on the same. Courier reflected on that epic night on a recent episode of the Tennis Channel Inside-In podcast, also praising Federer for never shying away from expressing pure emotion on the court. “I was ready for it, I knew it was going to be significant. I anticipated a lot of emotion from Roger, what I didn’t anticipate was the emotion from everyone else on the court. I certainly expected the crowd to be emotional when Roger got emotional, because he is emotional. We’ve seen him cry when he wins, when he loses, he gives it, which is great,” Jim Courier said.