Iga Swiatek couldn't believe who she suddenly had in front of her in the stands.
The football star Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern, who was willing to change, came to Paris to see the 21-year-old Pole play tennis.
"I'm overwhelmed," said the Polish French Open winner after her triumph at Stade Roland Garros against American Coco Gauff.
He's been a superstar in our country for so many years.
To be honest, it's hard to believe that he came specifically to see me," Swiatek said.
"I don't know if he's a big tennis fan," said the world number one.
"But I hope he had fun and will come back."
Lewandowski certainly looked happy and hugged Swiatek after their title win.
"I'm very happy that I was able to watch it live," said the 33-year-old at Eurosport.
"I like tennis.
I played more often as a child," said the soccer goalscorer, who would be happy to have a small training session with what is currently the best tennis player in the world.
"That would be great."
Meanwhile, tennis great Billie Jean King criticized the organizers of the French Open for the lack of women's matches in prominent TV slots.
"You have to start it at prime time and think about how you can give both sexes equal opportunities," King said. "If we continue to treat ourselves as second-class citizens, we will remain second-class citizens."
The organizers of Roland Garros had scheduled nine men's matches in ten night sessions this year.
On the game date, late at night, the strongest match of the day, on paper, should take place.
Tournament director Amelie Mauresmo initially said that the men's games were more attractive for this slot.
She later retracted that statement.
“There should be as many games for women as there are for men.
Quite simply,” affirmed the American King.
In this context, the 78-year-old demanded that both men and women should play two winning sets instead of three.
According to King, this would only benefit the pros as it would reduce attrition from long matches.
"As the players get older, I want them to be able to play," said the 12-time Grand Slam winner.Keywords: