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Meet Heather Watson's Wimbledon coach Diego Veronelli

Joshua Rogers July 3, 2022
Meet Heather Watson's Wimbledon coach Diego Veronelli
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The Brit is enjoying her best Grand Slam run to date. Ahead of her Round of 16 tie, meet Heather Watson’s coach Diego Veronelli.

Heather Watson is into her first Grand Slam Round of 16 after overcoming Slovenian Kaja Juvan in the third round at Wimbledon. The former British No.1 is enjoying an incredible run at this year’s championships, beating Juvan 7-6 (8-6) and 6-2 on Friday on Court One.

She followed that up by beating Natela Dzalamidze and Aleksandra Krunic with women’s doubles partner Harriet Dar to reach the women’s doubles last 16.

On Sunday, Watson faces German Jule Niemeier for a place in the singles quarter-finals.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Heather Watson of Great Britain in action against Kaja Juvan of Slovenia during their Women’s Singles Third Round match during day five of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

She has worked with Alex Ward for a number of years

Watson has worked with coach Alex War for a number of years and he has been with her throughout the majority of her career.

Ward was a former tennis player himself and moved to the coaching role after retiring in 2018. During his playing days, Ward reached a career-best ranking of 242, and appeared for Great Britain in the 2010 Davis Cup.

He has played at Wimbledon before but lost in 2017 to fellow Brit Kyle Edmund in the first round.

Heather Watson’s Wimbledon coach is Diego Veronelli

However, at this year’s Wimbledon championships, the 30-year-old has added someone else to her corner. Heather Watson’s other coach at Wimbledon is Diego Veronelli, who seems to have brought out the best in her.

After he win against Juvan in the third round, she said (via Guardian): “I started working with Diego maybe 10 years ago … he was sort of new on tour. We were a great team for a few years.”

The pair reunited last year and he has had a big impact on Heather’s mental health. “That’s a really big thing for me,” she said, “I feel like he’s not just a coach, he’s really invested in me, my personal life. He wants to see me happy off the court and see me succeed on the court.”

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Diego Veronelli’s tennis career

Diego Veronelli is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and was born on 5 December 1979. He is a former tennis player turned coach who was a quarter-finalist in the 2003 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia.

He and partner Federico Browne were doubles runners-up at Buenos Aires in 2004, and was a member of the Argentine team which won the 2010 World Team Cup.

In 2013 he was married to Susana Gonzalez and had a baby, Mateo Verronelli. Now he is a tennis trainer all over the world. You can find him on Instagram @dveronelli.

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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.