Elina Svitolina: Monfils, Baghdatis, Kobe, 10 questions you may ask about the Ukrainian

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A WTA Finals champion in 2018, Elina Svitolina is yet to win a Grand Slam to this day. Here is all you need to know about the Ukrainian player.


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What nationality is Elina Svitolina?

Elina Svitolina is Ukrainian. She was born in Odessa on September 25, 1994. She explained in 2017 that she received lucrative offers to change citizenship, but she turned them down.

Where does Elina Svitolina live?

Svitolina still lives in Odessa, her native city. But she bought a London residence, close to the All England Club, where Wimbledon takes place. She also spends time in Monte-Carlo, or in Dubaï. Svitolina lived in Kharkiv when she was a teenager, moving there at 13 with her family because she was then sponsored by businessman Yuriy Sapronov.

What is her height?

Svitolina is 1m 74cm (5’9in) tall, according to her WTA profile.

What about Elina Svitolina’s weight loss?

To get fitter, Svitolina drastically changed her diet and her preparation during the 2018 season. An impressive physical transformation that raised eyebrows among the tennis community. But the Ukrainian stood for her choice, saying it was best for the rest of her career.

Elina Svitolina's physical transformation between 2018 and 2017

Who is Elina Svitolina’s boyfriend?

Svitolina has been in a relationship with Gaël Monfils since 2019. The couple went public for the first time during the 2019 Australian Open, where the Frenchman showed up in the Ukrainian’s box for her matches. The pair are very public on social media and created a joint Instagram account, named “g.e.m.s life”, after their initials.

 

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Who is Elina Svitolina’s coach?

Svitolina is coached by Englishman Andrew Bettles, who became her full-time coach in 2019 after serving as her hitting-partner. Marcos Baghdatis joined Svitolina’s staff for the 2020 season. The Cyprian, a former world No 8, retired in 2019 following his second-round loss to Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon, while he was a runner-up at the Australian Open in 2006.

Elina Svitolina with her coaches Andrew Bettles and Marcos Baghdatis

In the past, Svitolina was coached by Sébastien Mathieu, Gabriel Urpi and Nick Saviano. Former pro players Justine Henn and Thierry Ascione each worked with her as consultants.

When did Elina Svitolina begin to play tennis?

Svitolina made his tennis debut at age 5, to emulate her older brother Yulian and get more attention from her father. She first rose to prominence when she won the 2010 Girls’ French Open at age 15, defeating Tunisian Ons Jabeur in final. The Ukrainian also reached the 2012 Wimbledon juniors final (lost to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard).

When did she turn pro?

Svitolina came onto the WTA tour in 2010. At only 16 years of age, she reached the final of the 25K tournament in Kharkiv. She broke through in 2012, when she qualified for the US Open main draw (lost in the first round against Ana Ivanovic) and won a 125K tournament in Pune. She clinched her first WTA title in Baku in 2013.

What is Elina Svitolina’s net worth?

Svitolina’s net worth is estimated to be around $12 million (11.1 million euros). She has earned close to $20 million dollars (18.6 million euros) in prize money since the beginning of her career on the WTA Tour. She is endorsed by Nike. She previously had clothing deals with Ellesse and Lacoste. Svitolina uses a Wilson racquet, the Blade 98 V7 model.

Who are her idols?

Svitolina was an Andre Agassi fan growing up. In other sports, she admired American basketball player Kobe Bryant. Her favorite artists are Eminem, AC/DC and Bruno Mars, according to her WTA profile.

 

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