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French, Medvedev, Coach: Everything you always wanted to know about Gilles Cervara (but never had time to find out)

The French coach, named ATP Coach of the Year in 2019, has been instrumental in the success of Daniil Medvedev. Find out more about his background and his life in this story

Gilles Cervara and Daniil Medcedev, 2022 Gilles Cervara and Daniil Medcedev, 2022 | © Tennis Majors

Who is Gilles Cevara?

Gilles Cervara is a tennis coach from France. A former player himself, who dreamed to be a pro but didn’t achieve it at the Tour level, Cervara shot into the limelight after working with Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev, with whom he is still working since September 2017.

What was Cervara’s record as a pro?

Cervara played several tournaments on the lower level ITF Futures circuit from 1999 to 2006. As per the ITF website, he had a 5-13 win-loss record as a pro.

When did Cervara start coaching Medvedev?

Cervavra has been working full-time with Daniil Medvedev since summer 2017. During their time together, Cervara has guided the Russian to the 2021 US Open title and 13 other ATP singles titles and the world No 1 ranking.

For his work with Medvedev, Cervara was chosen by his peers as Coach of the Year in the 2019 ATP Awards. He was also nominated for the award in 2020 and in 2021.

Which other players has Cervara coached?

Before working with Medvedev, Gilles Cervara has coaches several young French players in Lille and Cannes. He has also been a hitting partner to several players including Thomas Enqvist, Justine Henin, and Marat Safin.

Where is Gilles Cervavra from?

Cervara is French and was born in Cannes, where he still lives.

Daniil Medvedev during a practice session with coach Gilles Cervara at the 2023 Australian Open
Daniil Medvedev during a practice session with coach Gilles Cervara at the 2023 Australian Open Image Credit: AI/Reuters/Panoramic

How old is Cervara?

Cervara was born on January 2, 1981, and turned 42 years old in 2023.

Is Cervara active on social media?

Cervara is active on Instagram, where he is followed by more than 9,100 people (as of February 3, 2023). But he described himself as not confortable with social media and public transparency several times in the past.

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