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Who is Jelena Ostapenko's coach at Wimbledon 2022?

Joshua Rogers July 3, 2022
Jelena Ostapenko coach 2022 Stas Khmarsky
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Here’s who Jelena Ostapenko’s coach at Wimbledon 2022 is as the Latvian is into the Round of 16 at SW19.

Jeļena Ostapenko is into the Round of 16 at Wimbledon this year and looking to add a second Grand Slam title to her resume.

The Latvian tennis star won the 2017 French Open singles title, becoming the first player from Latvia to win a Grand Slam tournament. She was also the first unseeded player to win the French Open since 1933.

The current world No.14 and 12th seed at Wimbledon overcame Océane Dodin in the first round before beating Yanina Wickmayer in the next round.

In the third round she battled past Irina-Camelia Begu in three sets to set up a Round of 16 match against Germany’s Tatjana Maria.

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The Latvian has had a series of coaches during her career

When she first started out the Latvian was coached by her mother while her father was her fitness coach. She then worked with David Taylor as a coach for the majors, before linking up with 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in 2019.

The pair enjoyed success together and continued working together throughout 2020. However, during the pandemic they went their separate ways as Bartoli was pregnant and Ostapenko suffered a loss of form.

Jelena was then coached on a trial basis by Thomas Högstedt, the former coach of Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. In 2021 she started working with Bartoli once again after the birth of Bartoli’s daughter and they continue to work together.

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Who is Jelena Ostapenko’s Wimbledon coach?

Jelena Ostapenko’s Wimbledon coach is also Stas Khmarsky, a 37-year-old Ukrainian former tennis pro.

According to i news, Khmarsk and Ostapenko’s Ukrainian doubles partner Lyudmyla Kichenok have friends and family “stuck in the heart of the conflict”.

After the French Open, Ostapenko had her 25th birthday party back home in Latvia and invited Khmarsky and Kichenok who couldn’t return home.

“They like the city. Riga is nice,” Ostapenko told the outlet, who says she thinks they’ll return to her home country after Wimbledon.

“And also because most of the people in Ukraine speak Russian also and a lot of people in Latvia, like 50 per cent of people, speak Russian.

“So maybe they feel a little bit better than in other cities where nobody really speaks it.”

Stas Khmarsky is on Instagram where he recently uploaded a picture with Jelena after her win at the Dubai Championships in February:

Bartoli full of praise for Jelena after win in Dubai

After Jelena’s win in Dubai, Bartoli was full of praise for her.

“Yeah, it’s been a really incredible week. She was playing great since the beginning of the year,” she told Tennis Majors.

“So she showed that physically she’s also really fit to be able to compile all those matches in a row. So for me, once again, I was waiting for that week since a long time but she has really proven that she’s back at her best level.”

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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.