Last Updated on May 2, 2023
Jessica Pegula, an accomplished American female tennis player, has been dominating her sport for the past three years. Born on February 24, 1994, in New York, Jessica is 28 years old and comes from a family of diverse nationalities, as her mother is Korean and her father is American. Her parents, Terry and Kim Pegula, are prominent business figures who own both the Buffalo Bills Football Team, which competes in the NFL, and the Buffalo Sabres, an NHL team.
Though little is known about Jessica’s journey into tennis, it is known that she began playing at the young age of 8 and made her professional debut in 2011 at the age of 17. During the US Open Doubles tournament that year, she competed alongside Taylor Townsend.
As of October 24, 2022, Jessica has reached career-high WTA rankings of world No. 3 in both singles and doubles. Throughout her career, she has secured two singles titles, seven doubles titles on the WTA Tour, one WTA Challenger doubles title, and seven ITF doubles titles.
A right-handed player, Jessica employs a two-handed backhand technique and stands at 170 cm (5 ft 7 inches) tall. She tends to excel on hard surfaces, as evidenced by her major titles won on such courts, most notably the Guadalajara Open 2022 and Miami Open 2023 Doubles, where she teamed up with Coco Gauff.
Who Is Jessica’s Current Coach?
The current coach of Jessica Pegula is David Witt. He has massively impacted her game and supercharged her into the World’s Top 10 and 12th in the Doubles category (currently sitting at number 7) since he took charge of her in 2019.
David has always been a top coach in the game and was also a former professional American tennis player, although he failed to make a name for himself as a player.
On the other hand, he had a blissful junior career, leading him to win the national championship and two challengers’ titles.
He was, however, well-known for his tenure as the hitting partner of Williams’s sisters and coach of the eldest of the two, Venus Williams. He was approached by the sisters while working as a resident pro at a local club in Jacksonville in 2002. His relationship with the sisters was very successful, especially with seven times Grand Slam winner Venus Williams.
Nonetheless, Venus ended their 11-year relationship as a coach and trainee for unknown reasons. This decision surprised the American coach as he claimed they had no issues. He still awaits a justifiable explanation for the decision, which he felt was almost undeserving.
Speculations have it that this could be due to some consecutive defeats Venus had during the period, and she felt the need to move on and try something new.
In 2019, David began working with Jessica and soon began to develop her into one of the best tennis players in America, with several wins in different tournaments.
She won her first WTA title immediately after he took over at the Washington Open, where she defeated Camila Giorgi in the finals. Since then, the tennis star has not won any other final but has improved significantly and spiked the rankings.
Describing his relationship with Jessica, David was quoted as follows:
“She worked so hard, and we clicked right away and got along, which helps. We had fun working on some new things. She started off winning Washington, which I was so happy for her”.
This comment shows a strong relationship between the two; we hope they can maintain the relationship for long and achieve more feats together.
Another significant achievement Jessica had from working with David was making her World Team Tennis debut in 2020, playing in The Greenbrier. During the tournament, she represented as one of the players of Orlando Storm after Danielle Collins was dismissed from the team.
Jessica participated in the tournament’s three categories: Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. She was crucial in ensuring the team reached the semi-finals, where they lost to the Chicago Smash.
Who Are Jessica’s Previous Coaches?
There is no record of who were previous coaches of Jessica before David as she didn’t publicize her training pattern or discuss anything about her fitness routine. However, this should not come as a surprise as her playing pattern was quite uncoordinated during the early years of her professional career, and she was sitting outside the top 125 on the World’s Ranking.
However, since she came from a wealthy home, the best guess is that she might have had personal trainers taking care of her development since she was 8. The presence of good trainers might have exposed her to new ideas and sped up her growth rate.
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Jessica Pegula’s Achievements With Different Coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Jessica Pegula under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|David Witt||2019- till date||2019 Washington Open, USA |
2022 Guadalajara Open Akron
2022 – Melbourne 250 #2 (w/Muhammad),
2022 Washington DC (w/Routliffe),
2022 Doha, Toronto, San Diego (all w/Gauff)
2023 Doha, Miami (both w/Gauff)
Jessica Pegula is one of the fastest growing tennis players considering the rate she broke into the World’s top 10. And this was a player struggling to make it to the World’s best 100 three years ago; now, she is sitting comfortably at number 3.
This shows the significance of her coach, David, and how much experience he brought her from working with Serena and Venus Williams, who have established a name for themselves in the game.