“Being a Boss”: Elina Svitolina Details Real Reason For Parting Ways With Former Coach

Published 11/12/2021, 5:30 PM EST


Former World No.3 Elina Svitolina recently parted ways with her coach, Andrew Bettles. The two worked together for around five years and even won many laurels on the WTA Tour.

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Bettles started as the assistant coach of Svitolina and then took over the job of her head coach. Interestingly, the Ukrainian player won five titles along with him since 2017 and gained prominence.

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“Something had to be changed”- Elina Svitolina

In a recent interview, Svitolina highlighted that she ended her ties with former coach, Andrew Bettles, on a good note. She mentioned that since the British coach could not add anything new to her plans; it was the right thing to do.

Sep 7, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Elina Svitolina of Ukraine hits to Leylah Fernandez of Canada. Day nine of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“We finished our cooperation with Andrew Bettles in good relations. Its the case when the collaboration reaches its logical end and nothing new can be added. Once we started discussing plans for the coming season it became obvious that something had to be changed,” said Svitolina in the interview.

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Svitolina reveals that it was her who ended her partnership with Bettles

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In the same interview, the Ukrainian player disclosed that it was her decision to part ways with Bettles. She stated that it was a tough decision for her since the two had worked together for five long years.

Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 16, 2021. Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina reacts after losing her round of 16 match against Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

“Being a boss (laughing). It was me who suggested ending our cooperation. It was quite tough for me as we’ve spent 5 years together and its quite much. I thoroughly choose the members of my team. I do not hurry and await a good candidacy who will suit me and help me fulfil all the objectives,” added the former World No.3 player.

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Elina Svitolina has not announced the name of her new coach right now. She explained that she is not in a hurry and will take the decision patiently after examining several factors. Will she be able to win her maiden Grand Slam title with her new coach next year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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