11 December 2019 – After a solid 2019 season, which saw her reaching two Grand Slam semifinals (Wimbledon and US Open) as well as the final of the WTA finals for the second year in a row (following her 2018 title), Ukraine’s tennis star Elina Svitolina is already looking forward to an ambitious 2020 season by hiring former tennis player Marcos Baghdatis as a consultant coach.
Officially retiring this season, Cyprus’ best ever tennis athlete Marcos Baghdatis put an end to his 15-year career on the ATP tour after losing in the second round of Wimbledon. His biggest achievements were reached in the 2006 season, which saw him create a massive upset by reaching the Australian Open final, only losing to World No.1 Roger Federer. A few months later, he reached the semifinals in Wimbledon, and got to his best ranking, world #8. Baghdatis is quickly bringing up his career change and immediately starting as a consultant coach for Elina. Teaming up with Englishman Andrew Bettles, who has been Elina’s coach since 2017, Marcos is already joining the team for the pre-season preparation and will be doing so for the biggest tournaments of the 2020 season.
“I’m extremely happy to announce that Marcos will now be part of my team” confirmed Elina Svitolina, “with all his years on the tour, I’m confident I can benefit from his invaluable experience. My ambitions are strong and Marcos will help me go further in my career, with always higher goals to reach.”
About Elina Svitolina: Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Elina Svitolina is a Ukrainian tennis phenomenon as she has beaten numerous records in her country. She became a professional player in 2010 and won her first WTA title 3 years later. In 2016, she became the first player ever to win three Premier-5 tournaments in a single season and she reached #3, her career highest ranking. In 2018, she achieved her best result as she won the WTA Finals in Singapore, a first ever performance for a Ukrainian player. In 2019, she became the first Ukrainian to reach two Grand Slams semifinals in a row (Wimbledon and US Open) and she reached the final of the WTA finals once again. Elina Svitolina is represented by the agency Top Five Management.
About Top Five Management: Created in 2009, Top Five Management is one of the leading athletes management agencies in the tennis industry, representing over 30 athletes, from junior to top level. Its clients include players such as Elina Svitolina, Dayana Yastremska, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Katerina Siniakova, to name but a few. Top Five is also running a department dedicated to events’ management, including the development of international qualifying events for “Les Petits As – Le Mondial Lacoste”. In addition, the agency has recently developed a unit providing digital and social media services for professional athletes in various sports.
source: Top Five Management Press realize