Last Updated on July 27, 2022
Latvian-born tennis star Jelena Ostapenko, also known through her other name, Alona Ostapenko, began her professional career in 2012 and made her debut in 2014 after being awarded a wildcard for participating in the Tashkent Open.
Ostapenko was born on the 8th of June 1995 (25) into the family of Jevgenjis (who passed away in 2020) and Jelena Jakovleva. Her father was a footballer and represented the Ukrainian national team during his time, while her mother played tennis locally.
She was introduced to tennis alongside dancing by her mother at age five and once competed in a national dancing competition. She eventually chose to focus on tennis at 12 and made her professional debut at 17.
While growing up, Jelena looked up to Serena Williams as her idol and looked to emulate her footsteps. So far, she has won 5 Singles and 5 Doubles career titles. She also achieved her highest ranking at the WTA in 2018 when she was positioned 5th in the world and 17th in the Doubles category.
The current coach of Ostapenko is Marion Bartoli, who has previously coached her between 2019 and 2020. Their first relationship ended due to the covid-19 pandemic and Bartoli’s pregnancy. After Bartoli gave birth, the duo reignited their relationship in February 2021 and is still very in partnership.
Bartoli was a French professional tennis player before she retired in 2019 to begin her coaching career. She had quite a successful career, winning five career Singles and 3 Doubles titles, including the 2011 French Open. She also was one of the few players that had won a title without losing a set in tennis history.
Ostapenko became her first trainee in 2019, which immediately impacted her development, leading her to two finals within two (2) weeks, although she lost both. She was, however, compensated as she walked home with the Luxembourg Open later that year.
Ostapenko has passed through numerous coaching personalities in her bid to make it to the top. However, her father had always been her fitness trainer before he passed on in 2020. Ostapenko is yet to announce a partnership with another fitness trainer since then.
Jelena Jakovlena is the mother of Ostapenko and introduced her to tennis while she remained her coach until 2017, when Ostapenko announced a professional deal with Anabel Medina Garrigues. There is no record of Jelena being a professional tennis player or having any prior coaching experience when she started managing her daughter.
We believed the need for a departure arose following Ostapenko’s career development progress. However, Jelena always stepped in as her daughter’s coach when she parted ways with an external coach.
Anabel took over from Ostapenko’s mother in 2017 following her retirement from playing tennis in 2014. Their relationship was quite a success as she guided Ostapenko to her first professional title in 2017 at the French Open.
As a player, Anabel was very successful with 11 Singles career titles to her name and 28 Doubles to cap it. She was top-notch, winning back-to-back French Open finals and the Palermo Open three times in a row.
She parted ways with Ostapenko at the end of 2021 based on an undisclosed reason. Our best guess is on a mutual agreement.
David Taylor stepped in after Anabel as an assistant coach to Ostapenko’s mother, who had regained her role as a full-time coach. David was to train and prepare Ostapenko for the majors and spent just two years with her.
Their relationship was rather unfruitful as she lost in all the finals she participated in and three (3) straight opening Grand Slam matches to become the first player to record such an unfortunate streak.
David represented Australia as a player, although he did not have many records. His story as a coach was quite the opposite, as he had been very successful and worked with several big names, including former World’s Number 1(s), Martina Hingis, and Ana Ivanovic.
The veteran trainer had also worked with former US Open Champion Sam Stosur before coaching Ostapenko, leading her to the title in 2011. He was also the Captain and Coach of the Australian Women’s and Fed Cup teams until 2012.
However, considering some poor results run with Ostapenko, separation was inevitable.
Thomas was the last to coach Ostapenko before she reconciled with Marion in 2021. He took over in 2020 and shared a similar fate to that of David with her and a similar professional history even though he has a Singles title to his name and several amateur championships.
His partnership with Ostapenko was short of time and success, which was quite surprising considering his previous achievements with top tennis players such as Tommy Haas, Li Na, Simona Halep, and especially Maria Sharapova.
Their relationship must have ended due to reasons like that of David Taylor; it was simply not working the way they might have wished.
Aside from winning titles on the court, Ostapenko has also been recognized for her great sportsmanship and fighting spirit by both the Latvia Sports Association and the WTA. The following awards were given to her in recognition of her excellence
|2014||Latvian Sports Rising Star of the Year,|
|2016||WTA Tour Breakthrough of the Month (February),|
|2017||WTA Tour Breakthrough of the Month (May),|
|2017||WTA Tour Most Improved Player of the Year|
Jelena Ostapenko’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Jelena Ostapenko under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles Won.|
|Jelena Jakovlena||2012-2016||2014 Wimbledon Junior Champion 2015 Ladies Neva Cup|
|Anabel Medina Garrigues||2017-2018||2017 French Open, 2017 Korea Open|
|Marion Bartoli||2019-2020||2019 Luxembourg Open|
|Marion Bartoli||2021- till date||2021 Eastbourne International Open Kremlin Cup, Moscow (alongside Siniakova) 2022 WTA 500 Championship|