Iga Swiatek, number 1 in the world, demanded a reaction on Tuesday from the governing bodies of Polish tennis, after accusations of sexual harassment and violence launched against the president of the Polish Tennis Federation (PZT) president Miroslaw Skrzypczynski.
On Monday, a Polish MP, Katarzyna Kotula told reporters that Miroslaw Skrzypczynski sexually harassed her when she was between the ages of 13 and 14, when she was coaching at a club in northeastern Poland in the early 1990s.
However, some statements that echo other accusations recently published under the protection of anonymity. The president of the Federation, in office since 2017, rejected these accusations. After that, Swiatek, the reigning US and French Open champion took to Twitter to demand action.
Reacting this Tuesday through a long thread of messages on Twitter, Iga Swiatek estimated that, "As the current leader of women's tennis I can't remain silent, I consider the reports involving the Polish Tennis Association's president as something serious. We need to think about them (the victims) first of all."
She urged the federation "to find out what went on." She added, "It's not my job to do the work of the association's directors or reporters as the case is too serious involving the lives and wellbeing of others."
According to her statement, other players had also been victims of this type of behavior by Skrzypczynski, whom the deputy described as a "sexual predator."