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Alize Cornet's boyfriend and coach revealed after Australian Open heroics

Joshua Rogers January 25, 2022
2022 Australian Open: Day 8
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French tennis player Alize Cornet beat Simona Halep on Monday to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2022 Australian Open. We take a look at Alize Cornet’s boyfriend, Michael Kuzaj, and her coaching team.

The world no. 61 beat two-time Grand Slam champion Halep to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena on Monday (24 January). It is the first time in 63 attempts she has reached a Grand Slam quarter-final. She now plays American 27th seed Danielle Collins for a place in the semi-finals.

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Cornet: Reaching quarter-finals is a ‘dream come true’

“To go to my first quarter-final is just a dream come true. I don’t know what to say, it is just magic,” Cornet said after her win against Halep. “I’m not going to stop now. I’m still ambitious. I just have to soak it in, take time to appreciate the moment and be proud of what I did today.

“But definitely from tomorrow, I will have to think about my next match and how I can go farther in the tournament. The sky’s the limit. I really want to be ambitious. For the first time in my life, I really believe I can go till the end. I think that’s what makes a difference.”

Cornet also paid an emotional tribute to former player Jelena Dokic during her post-match interview. Dokic’s career was hampered by injuries, which forced her to take early retirement at the age of 30 in 2014.

“I want to tell you (Dokic) something. How you moved on in your life, I think we can all congratulate you. Because you were an amazing player and now you are an amazing commentator,” Cornet said.

Who is Alize Cornet’s boyfriend, Michael Kuzaj?

Alize Cornet’s boyfriend is Michael Kuzaj. He played for University of Southern Indiana (NCAA II) as well as competing at national level.

Kuzaj attended Aix-Marseille Universite from 2009 to 2011 and is a French native, residing in Cannes. He received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Indiana. These days Kuzaj is a tennis agent, founder of Padel Business League by MPPI, and co-founder of apparel and accessory company Twenty By Ten.

He has been dating Alize Cornet since 2014 and became her agent in 2017. Besides being an agent, he also coaches at the Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France. He can be found on Instagram @mika.kuzaj where he has uploaded a few photos with Alize.

Meet Alize Cornet’s coach

Alize Cornet’s coach is Sandra Zaniewska, a Polish tennis coach and former professional tennis player. Sandra is a former world no. 142 and won ten ITF singles tournaments in her career. She was runner-up in the 2009 Australian Open girl’s doubles with Aleksandra Krunić.

Sandra has been coaching the French tennis star since 2020. Cornet has also been spotted training with Yann Gravoulet, who is a tennis strength and conditioning coach at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.