World No 1 Iga Swiatek is seemingly very thrilled about the start of the clay season. This Monday, the clay season officially kicked off on the WTA Tour. Regarding the start of the clay season, Roland Garros’ Twitter account posted: “CLAY SEASON HERE WE GO.” Swiatek had a very thrilled reaction to the Roland Garros tweet, which perfectly shows how she feels about clay.
— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) April 3, 2023
Swiatek set to start her clay season in Stuttgart
On March 22nd, Swiatek announced her withdrawal from the Miami Open and Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers due to a rib injury.
Over this past weekend, Swiatek resumed training and it appears that she is definitely aiming to start her clay season at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, which starts on April 17th. Swiatek will be the defending champion at this year’s Stuttgart tournament edition.
“I loved the atmosphere in Stuttgart last year and am looking forward to this one. I especially appreciate tournaments so close to Poland because my fans can support me on-site and it makes the atmosphere even better; so, I’m happy confirm I’m going to play there in 2023,” Swiatek said in a statement.
Swiatek, 21, is set to make her second appearance on the clay courts of Stuttgart. “The fact that Iga will also be coming to the 2023 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is a fantastic compliment for the tournament. I’m so pleased for our spectators.
In confirming, she’s basically saying that she felt very much at home in Stuttgart. Her return also shows that the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and its traditionally strong draw is exactly the right sporting challenge that a top player like Iga loves, and it’s one that she wants to take on,” Stuttgart tournament director Markus Gunthardt said.
Swiatek didn’t really have the start to the season she was hoping and she will certainly be very motivated to turn the page during the clay season.