Elina Svitolina Adds Amanda Anisimova’s Former Coach and Husband Gael Monfils’s Coach to Her Team Ahead of Australian Open 2022

Published 12/23/2021, 3:10 PM EST


The off season for tennis players on the ATP and WTA tours is usually a period of reflection over the year that passed by alongside preparing themselves for the challenges ahead. After a moderately successful 2021 season, Elina Svitolina decided to change her team and split up with coach, Andrew Beetles.

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The Ukrainian tennis star, who won the Chicago Women’s Open this year, managed to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open and pre-quarters at the Australian Open. Beetles, who joined team Svitolina as a hitting partner initially, became a permanent coach in 2018 and helped her win 12 WTA titles.

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Elina Svitolina makes changes to her coaching team ahead of 2022 Australian Open

With the exit of Andrew Beetles, Svitolina decided to add Latvia’s Andis Juska to her coaching team. Also, legendary coach Gunther Bresnik will also be a part of her team as a consulting coach. Bresnik currently works with Svitolina’s husband, Gael Monfils.

The Ukrainian released a statement expressing her excitement to start the 2022 season with the new team.

I’m extremely excited to begin next season with my new coaching team. with both their experiences, I’m confident it will be beneficial for my game. I feel they are the right people to partner with at this stage of my career”. 

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A former player from Latvia, Juska coached WTA talents such as Jelena Ostapenko and Amanda Anisimova. Coming to Bresnik, the Austrian coach molded the careers of several top stars ranging from Boris Becker to Dominic Thiem.

Svitolina seems to have found the right mix in Andis Juska and Gunther Bresnik

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The experience of Bresnik and Juska will be a much-needed addition to Elina Svitolina as she needs firm conviction to go to that extra mile and play consistent tennis to have a chance at winning a Grand Slam.

Svitolina’s best performance this year came at the Miami Open, where she reached the final four before losing out to eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in straight sets. Also, the Ukrainian managed to reach the semis on the indoor clay-court event in Stuttgart.

Sep 7, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Elina Svitolina of Ukraine hits to Leylah Fernandez of Canada on 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

At a stage where she needs to believe in her abilities to make it big, Elina Svitolina appears to have made the right change in the right moment as the results of this change are yet to be seen.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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