Rafael Nadal has made amends for failing to have a chat with Iga Swiatek when she trained at his Mallorca academy prior to her Grand Slam breakthrough this month in Paris.
The 13-time Roland Garros champion has invited the unassuming 19-year-old to return any time to his home island to train once she gets out of COVID-19 quarantine after meeting with the infectious Polish president last week.
Swiatek may be still coming back to earth a fortnight after hammering Sofia Kenin in the Roland Garros final, going through the event without losing a set.
Reports indicate that while Swiatek and her team trained at the Nadal facility prior to Paris, the pair of players never actually crossed paths.
Rafa wants to put that right ASAP; he and Swiatek finally got to speak somewhat properly only after both had lifted their Grand Slam trophies on the clay.
During a joint post-victory interview, ATP No. 2 Nadal extended his invitation.
“You have to come back, then we can practise a little bit together,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said,
Training time may be fast approaching with Swiatek not entered in any more events during this COVID-curtailed WTA season which wraps up with one final event in Linz, Austria, from November 9.