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Meet Marie Bouzkova's coach Cristian Requeni ahead of Wimbledon quarter

Joshua Rogers July 5, 2022
Meet Marie Bouzkova's coach Cristian Requeni ahead of Wimbledon quarter
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Ahead of her first ever Grand Slam quarter-final, meet Marie Bouzkova’s coach, Cristian Requeni.

Czech tennis player Marie Bouzkova is into her first Grand Slam quarter-final, taking on Ons Jabeur at this year’s Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed recent success against the Tunisian. Alongside partner Lucie Hradecká, Marie beat Ons Jabeur and Ellen Perez at the Birmingham Classic last year to win her maiden WTA tournament title in doubles.

In 2022, Marie recorded her first Major win at the 2022 Australian Open over qualifier Rebecca Marino. She reached the second round at Roland Garros but had to withdraw due to covid.

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Marie Bouzkova’s parents and background

The youngster was born on 21 July 1998 in Prague, Czech Republic. Marie Bouzkova’s parents are father Milan and mother Květa, who owned a tennis club in her home town.

It was there where she became inspired to take up the sport, with her dad as her coach. Eventually, the family, along with Marie’s brother Benjamin Milan, moved to Florida in the US where she trained for two years at the Bollietieri Academy.

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Marie Bouzkova’s coach Cristian Raqueni has helped her become a top playr

Cristian Raqueni is Marie Bouzkova’s coach and has been an integral part of her team since 2014.

47-year-old Raqueni is from Spain and is a former pro on the ATP Tour. He reached a career-high world ranking of 1,006 and last played in 1999.

After making a run to the finals of the Junior Wimbledon championships in 2014, Reuqeni, along with Marie’s dad Milan, helped her transition to the professional circuit.

She rose to fame in 2019 following her run to the semi-finals at the Rogers Cup, where she defeated Sloane Stephens, Jeļena Ostapenko, and Simona Halep along the way.

In July that year, she reached the top 100, and finished the year as world no. 57. The following year she reached her first WTA Tournament final at the Monterrey Open, losing to Elina Svitolina. She is currently ranked world no.66.

She recently got her degree

Despite being a top tennis pro, Marie recently got a degree in business administration through Indiana University East.

She celebrated the achievement on social media, writing: “I would like to thank @iueast and @wta for providing the opportunity to complete my business degree completely online as it has been one of my life goals.

“It felt very special to spend the day on campus and also take part in the Commencement Ceremony. I am proud to be a Red Wolf!”

Her run at Wimbledon

Marie has only dropped one set en route to the Wimbledon quarter-final. In the first round she upset 7th seed Danielle Collins, beating the American in three sets.

She then beat Ann Li in the second round before knocking another seed out in the third round. Marie beat American 28th seed Alison Riske-Amritraj in straight sets to advance to her first major Round of 16.

The Czech star beat Caroline Garcia in two sets to set up a quarter-final tie with Ons Jabeur, which takes place today (5 July) on Centre Court.

How far do you think Marie will go? Let us know in the comments below!

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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.