Olympics, Monfils, Ukraine: All you ever wanted to know about Elina Svitolina (but didn’t have time to find out) – updated during Roland-Garros 2024

Elina Svitolina has been ranked as high as No 3 and continues to blaze a trail for Ukrainian tennis. Here’s everything you need to know about her

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Who is Elina Svitolina?

Elina Svitolina is a Ukrainian tennis player. She has been ranked as high as No 3 in the WTA rankings and has won 17 titles in all, as well as becoming the first Ukrainian player ever to win an Olympic medal when she won the bronze in Tokyo in 2021.

What did Elina Svitolina do at the 2024 Australian Open?

Elina Svitolina reached the fourth round of the 2024 Australian Open without dropping a set – but then had to retire from her match against Linda Noskova due to a back spasm.

What did Elina Svitolina accomplish at Wimbledon 2023?

Elina Svitolina reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon 2023 after scoring a three-set win over world No 1 Iga Swiatek. The Ukrainian received a wild card into the tournament and reached her second semi-final at the All England Club.

However, she lost the semi-final to Marketa Vondrousova, 6-3, 6-3.

Svitolina then made the third round of the US Open in New York, beating Friedsam and Pavlyuchenkova along the way, before losing to Jessica Pegula to end her Grand Slam campaigns for the season.

What did Svitolina achieve at the 2023 French Open?

Elina Svitolina reached the quarter-finals of 2023 Roland-Garros less than a year after giving birth to her first child. She lost in the last eight to Aryna Sabalenka, 6-4, 6-4, but the run in Paris assured her return to the Top 100 of the WTA rankings

She returned to the WTA Tour in April 2023 at the WTA Charleston Open after a year away from the sport.

Is Elina Svitolina married to Gael Monfils?

On October 15, 2022, Svitolina announced the birth of her daughter, Skai, with husband Gael Monfils. The pair have been married since July 2021.

The couple first announced they were together during the 2019 Australian Open, where the Frenchman showed up in the Ukrainian’s box for her matches. The pair were very public on social media and created a joint Instagram account, named “g.e.m.s life”, after their initials.

What has Elina Svitolina said about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

Elina Svitolina has been one of the most outspoken players about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, detailing her fears and anger at the situation in several social media posts and statements. The 28-year-old said she would not play against Russian or Belarusian players unless they did so without being under Russia’s flag. Svitolina’s pleas were heard and on March 1, 2022, the WTA, ATP and ITF issued a combined statement to outline their sanctions.

She spoke about her refusal to shake hands with Russian or Belarusian players at the 2023 French Open, saying: “I’m standing for my country. I’m doing everything possible in the way to support, to give a good spirit for the men, for the women who are right now in the front line who are fighting for our land, for our country.

“So can you imagine the guy or a girl who is right now in a front line, you know, looking at me and I’m, like, acting like nothing is happening. I’m representing my country. I have a voice. I’m standing with Ukraine. I’m standing, I have my position in this war. What is Russian government or Russian soldiers are doing on our land is really, really terrible.”

During Roland-Garros 2024, she called on Wimbledon tournament organisers to offer assistance to Ukrainian players, as they had done in previous years.

What did Elina Svitolina do at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021?

Elina Svitolina won the bronze medal for Ukraine in the Tokyo Olympics, beating Elena Rybakina, of Kazakhstan, to claim the first Olympic tennis medal in her country’s history.


Svitolina has won 17 titles worldwide. Her first title came in Baku in 2013 when she was just 18. Her most recent title came when she won in Strasbourg, France, in 2023, her first since returning to the Tour after having her first child.

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 is held. She also spends time in Monte-Carlo, or in Dubai. 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.

How tall is Elina Svitolina?

Svitolina is 5ft 9in tall (1.74m), according to her WTA profile.

What about Svitolina’s weight loss in 2018?

To get fitter, Svitolina drastically changed her diet and her preparation during the 2018 season – a physical transformation that raised eyebrows among the tennis community. But the Ukrainian stood by 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 coach?

On October 25, 2021, Svitolina announced that she was ending her long-time partnership with coach Andrew Bettles, who became her full-time coach in 2019 after initially serving as her hitting-partner in 2016. Marcos Baghdatis, the former Australian Open runner-up, was part of her team in 2020.

Svitolina began working with Dutchman Raemon Sluiter in preparation for her comeback to the tour in April 2023 and ther pair gave been together ever since.

Elina Svitolina with her coaches Andrew Bettles and Marcos Baghdatis

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

When did Elina Svitolina begin to play tennis?

Svitolina made her 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 girls’ title at the French Open in 2010, defeating Tunisian Ons Jabeur in final. The Ukrainian also reached the 2012 Wimbledon juniors final (lost to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard).

When did Elina Svitolina turn pro?

Svitolina came onto the WTA tour in 2010. At the age of just 16, she reached the final of the ITF 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.


As of May 20, 2024, Svitolina has earned $23.4 million 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 Elina Svitolina’s 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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