World number one Iga Swiatek spoke out on Tuesday after allegations of sexual harassment against Polish Tennis Federation president Miroslaw Skrzypczynski. On Monday, Polish parliamentarian Katarzyna Kotula told the media that she had been abused as a young teenager by Skrzypczynski, her coach at the time. Swiatek, the defending US and French Open champion, took to Twitter to demand action.
“As the current leader of women’s tennis, I cannot remain silent,” the 21-year-old wrote.
“I consider the reports involving the president of the Polish Tennis Association to be something serious.
“We have to think of them (the victims) first,” she said, listing helplines for those seeking advice.
She urged the federation “to find out what happened”.
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“It is not my job to do the work of the association’s administrators or journalists because the matter is too serious and involves the lives and well-being of others.”
She thanked her father for protecting her during her young career, adding that she had never been the victim of abuse.
Kotula described Skrzypczynski as a “sexual predator”.
She says he assaulted her “at least ten times in three years” while she was attached to a club in northeastern Poland in the 1990s.
Kotula suggested she wasn’t the only one being abused by Skrzypczynski.
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