‘I want to honour today’ – Iga Swiatek to donate Indian Wells winnings to worthy cause
Iga Swiatek announced that she will donate her third round prize money in recognition of World Mental Health Day.
The Indian Wells second seed backed up her first victory by defeating 25th seed Veronika Kudermetova for the loss of just a single game in her third round match.
Soon after, Swiatek told reporters she had come up with the idea to give away her earnings from the match to a mental health support foundation or organisation, one yet to be decided.
“So basically, I have an announcement,” Swiatek began in her post-match press conference.
“I’ve decided that because today is World Mental Health Day (10th October), I’m going to honour it and donate my third round prize money to some non-profit organisations.
“Sorry, I’m a little bit stressed because I’ve never done this before. Mental health support has always been a close topic for me.
“We haven’t chosen the exact [recipients] yet because I came up with the idea during my match, which is not really professional.
“But, stay tuned to my social media. That’s the message for the fans, because I’m going to be talking with you probably in the comments of my posts about choosing the right foundations.”
🧠Not an usual post-match post. Here’s something I want to share with you.
— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) October 10, 2021
Once Swiatek chooses a fan suggestion with her team, the world number three will donate $50,000 to the group, over 96% of her third round winnings.
In the fourth round, the 20-year-old will face 24th seed Jelena Ostapenko for a place in the quarter-finals.
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