Iga Swiatek withdraws from Cup competition but vows to ‘proudly represent her country in Olympics’

Polish Grand Slam winner Iga Swiatek has withdrawn from the Billie Jean King Cup but has confirmed that the Toyko Olympics remains one of her biggest goals this season.

The current world number 16 posted on twitter that she is withdrawing from the team competition due to covid related circumstances, but assured fans that representing her country is an honour that she feels privileged to do.

The Billie Jean King Cup, formerly known as the Federation or Fed Cup, is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 116 nations entered in 2020.

When Swiatek won the 2020 French Open, she became the first Polish player ever to win a Grand Slam singles title in history, leaving the 19-year-old to carry the hopes of the Polish nation on her shoulders.

It’s a responsibility she is well aware of being the daughter of former Olympic rower Tomasz Swiatek, who competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

In her statement, Swiatek wanted to assure people that her withdrawal from the Billie Jean King Competition is due to circumstances alone and that she is still very much looking forward to representing Poland at this year’s Olympics.

“Representing my country has always been and always will be for me something more than just competition – its an honour and a privilege. It’s even more significant because of my family tradition” Swiatek wrote.

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to play Billie Jean King Cup 2021. As his first “full” year on the WTA Tour is full of challenges and surprises, especially in COVID-reality, sometimes I have to adjust and adapt to the circumstances.

“Of course, Olympic Games remain one of the most relevant goals for this season and I will do my best in Tokyo to proudly represent my country. At the same time I hope to play many more BJKC matches in the future.

“This year I will support my team and at the same time I wanted to thank you for the support you give me at every step of the way. I appreciate it a lot.”

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