Last Updated on September 15, 2022
Karen Khachanov is a professional male tennis player who hails from Russia and is one of the tallest tennis players at the moment as he stands at 6ft 6 inches tall (198cm). He was born in Moscow in Russia on the 21st of May, 1996 (26), but is based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
His parents were Abgar from Armenia. His father played volleyball for some time before he moved on to study medicine, while his mother, Natalia,–a Russian– also studied medicine. Karen started playing tennis as early as age 2 when his parents included him in a tennis group. At the age of 15, he proceeded to continue his training in Split, Croatia.
The Russian eventually became a pro in 2013 and had quite a blissful career. He attained a career highest ranking of number 8, achieved on the 15th of July 2019, and has won four Singles career titles. He does not have any ‘Doubles’ title, and his highest ranking in the Doubles category is 64, achieved on his 22nd birthday (2018).
He has also represented Russia at International tournaments and was crucial in ensuring the Russian Davies Cup team comes home with the trophy in 2021. He also was part of the 2020 ROC team for the Olympics and won silver in the Men’s Singles. During his junior career, he represented the country at the 2014 Nanjing Olympics as an under-18 player and won silver alongside Andrey Rublev.
Who Is The Current Coach of Karen Kachanov?
The current coach of Karen Kachanov is Jose Clavet, who often trains under his former coach Vendran Martic. He started his relationship with Jose after splitting up with Vendran Martic in 2020 when he struggled with his form.
Jose was an ex-Spanish tennis player who attained a career highest ranking of 178 in the Singles Category and 119 in the Doubles during his playing days. After retiring from playing, he began his coaching career and has worked with quite a couple of tennis players from Spain.
He was the coach of his brother, Francisco Clavet, for many years before they parted ways in 1999. Jose has also worked with the likes of Àlex Corretja, Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Robredo and Feliciano López.
The Spanish coach has been significant in the recovery of Karen’s form as he recorded a title during their first season and has performed excellently since then, especially at the international level.
Karen has been involved with four coaches in his career development, right from his tennis group. He moved to Croatia at age 15 to train under Vendran Martic and later began to train at the 4Slam Tennis Academy under the watch of Galo Blanco. After parting ways with Galo, he continued to work with Vendran, then later appointed Jose Clavet as his head coach.
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Vedran Martic was the next coach Karen Kachanov worked with when he moved to Split in Croatia in 2011. Their partnership seems positive since they are still very much in contact even though Vendran is not recognized as his head coach. Vedran is a coach with vast experience since he has managed tennis players since 1996.
He has worked with several players, such as Petra Martic, Anke Huber, and Natalia Medvedeva, leading them to great success. The most prominent trainees he has worked with included Goran Ivanisevic, whom he coached between1996 and 2000 and guided to the 1998 Wimbledon title and a career highest ranking of World Number 2 in 2002.
Vedran also led Karen to his three ATP titles and highest ranking of World Number 8 before they parted ways in 2020. Currently, he still trains Karen and is recognized as the head coach of Marin Cilic. He is also the captain of the Croatian Davis Cup team.
Galo is an ex-professional tennis player and coach from Spain and worked with Karen while training at the 4Slam Tennis Academy. Galo played tennis until 2006 with just a Singles career title and the highest career ranking of 40 as his prominent achievements.
The Spaniard resulted to coaching after his retirement and has been quite successful, having worked with several top-class players such as Feliciano López alongside Albert Costa between 2006–2009; Milos Raonic between 2010 and 2013, Filip Peliwo between 2013 and 2014, Elias Ymer in 2015, and Dominic Thiem for a short while in 2018.
The most memorable time was with Milos Raonic, whom he led to 4 Singles Career titles and also guided Karen to one Singles title. Galo has quit coaching and now heads the athlete management agency of Kosmos.
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Karen Khachanov’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Karen Khachanov under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Vedran Martic||2011- 2014; 2017-2020||2018 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (Indoor/Hard) 2018 Moscow (Indoor/Hard) 2018 Marseille (Indoor/Hard)|
|Galo Blanco||2014- 2017||2016 Chengdu (Outdoor/Hard)|
|Jose Clavet||2020- till date||–|