St. Petersburg, Russia, ATP 250, ST. PETERSBURG OPEN, $1,248,665, hard, indoor: Doubles, 1R, Igor ZELENAY (SVK)/Divij Sharan (IND) - Marcelo DEMOLINER (BRA)/ Matwe MIDDELKOOP (NED) 3-6 6-2 10-5, QF: CARBALLES BAENA (ESP) / MOLTENI Andres (ARG) 7-5 5-7 10-5, SF:  Nikola MEKTIC / Franko SKUGOR (CRO) ?-?; Cairns, Australia, ITF World Tennis Tour, Cairns Tennis International, 25 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) [6] - Isabella BOZICEVIC (AUS) 6-3 6-2, 2R: Emily FANNING (NZL) 6-1 6-1, QF: Olivia ROGOWSKA (AUS) [2] 3-6 3-6.

St. Petersburg, Russia, ATP 250, ST. PETERSBURG OPEN, $1,248,665, hard, indoor: Doubles, 1R, Igor ZELENAY (SVK)/Divij Sharan (IND) - Marcelo DEMOLINER (BRA)/ Matwe MIDDELKOOP (NED) 3-6 6-2 10-5, QF: CARBALLES BAENA (ESP) / MOLTENI Andres (ARG) 7-5 5-7 10-5, SF:  Nikola MEKTIC / Franko SKUGOR (CRO) ?-?; Cairns, Australia, ITF World Tennis Tour, Cairns Tennis International, 25 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) [6] - Isabella BOZICEVIC (AUS) 6-3 6-2, 2R: Emily FANNING (NZL) 6-1 6-1, QF: Olivia ROGOWSKA (AUS) [2] 3-6 3-6.

Elina Svitolina becomes EMPIRE Tennis Academy member!

Winner of three WTA tournaments and Ukrainian fed cup player Elina Svitolina (21) became recently member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy. Facilities at the academy will provide her top class conditions. Additionally she will gain more advantages from being member of the academy, which can only help her career. Rest of the members of the academy can profit from her presence as an inspiration for hard work.

Elina Svitolina, 21 years old Ukrainian player, winner of three WTA tournaments in Marrakech (2015) and Baku (2013, 2014). Coached by Ian Hughes. Holder of two doubles titles from Istanbul (2015, 2014). In August 2015, she reached No. 15 in the WTA singles ranking, currently she is No 21. She is a quarterfinalist from the 2015 Roland Garros. "Our contract is agreed to run for three years. Elina Svitolina will have all the facilities in our academy to her disposal; she will have the possibility to co-operate with Maros Molnar and physio as well. I believe, this way, we can help her achieve her dream and fight for the top 10 in near future," believes head of TC EMPIRE Trnava board Miroslav Hlavna.

Elina Svitolina joins team, consisting of Daria Kasatkina, Andrej Martin, Igor Zelenay, Hans Podlipnik-Castillo together with top youth players including Anna Blinkova & Artem Dubrivnyy.

"It‘s an amazing thing for me. I’m really happy to come back here. It’s gonna be a good platform for me and hopefully it will bring me a lot of luck. The courts are great here, we can practice in Trnava and it‘s  a good opportunity to improve game," said Svitolina for the www.empire-tennis-academy.com website after singing the contract. She spent more than a week in Trnava before leaving for Dubai. "Here are perfect facilities for work, for improving your game, because you have everything what you need. It’s been great sparring, I’m looking forward to come back here after my tournaments and to prepare for other ones. It’s gonna be good and I’m really happy that I have this opportunity to practice here and enjoy indoor courts."

Head coach of the academy and personal coach of Daria Kasatkina Vladimir Platenik welcomes the arrival of Ukrainian fed cup player. "Our players can see how a top class player trains in between tournaments. Our tennis players have motivation to improve and follow her example. Svitolina will also highlight the good work of TC EMPIRE abroad, it will helps us to bring more credit and prestige in the world. We are delighted she decided to join our academy," added experienced coach. 

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Ivan Kopcani, www.empire-tennis-academy.com
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