Andy Roddick's envy over Iga Swiatek's movement on court

Thursday, 13 June 2024 at 16:06
Former world number one Andy Roddick has praised Poland’s tennis star Iga Swiatek for her movement after her recent success.
The 22-year-old is already regarded as the best female tennis player in the singles category, having won as many as five Grand Slams despite not even turning 23.
Her most recent triumph came in Paris as she outclassed Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in the final in straight sets with a score of 6-2, 6-1.
Roddick, who is also a former world number one, was recently quoted in a report praising Swiatek.
The former American tennis star, who also won a Grand Slam in his career, stated that Swiatek’s movement makes him want to ‘vomit’ with jealousy.
"I don't think she would win a sprinting contest against everyone on tour,” he said. “But I think the way that she is efficient with her movement — she is sliding, she's hitting, and then at the end of the slide she's already a foot back towards the center — it's all done in this one motion which makes me want to vomit with jealousy. I think she has some of the best footwork from the middle of the court I’ve ever seen in my life."
Iga Swiatek defeated Italy’s Jasmine Paolini to lift the French Open. 
Swiatek was having a fabulous season, even before winning the French Open. She started the campaign with the Qatar Open title after beating Elena Rybakina in the final in straight sets with a score of 7-6, 6-2.
The reigning world number one then won the Indian Wells WTA 1000 event after beating Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-0.
Just before coming to Paris, Swiatek won back-to-back WTA 1000 events. In Madrid, the Warsaw-born defeated the current world number two, Aryna Sabalenka, in the final with a score of 7-5, 4-6, 7-6. In the Rome Open, Swiatek again got the better of Sabalenka and lifted the title with a score of 6-2, 6-3.

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