Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko flew high in 2017, but took to new heights at the Air Baltic training center, where she learned the ins and outs of piloting an airplane at the Riga International Airport.
David Kane
December 20, 2017

Since capturing her maiden major title at the French Open, Jelena Ostapenko has gotten used to flying in style, and took that to the next level over the off-season when she visited the Air Baltic Training Center at her home airport in Riga.

"It was my first time flying in the simulator, and it was fun because I was able to take care of the plane," she said after the practice flight. "Sometimes I took it too high, but it was still a lot of fun. If I didn't play tennis, it's a great profession to become a pilot. You get to see the world and all those nice views."

It wasn't Ostapenko's first time in the cockpit of an Air Baltic plane, telling members of the press of her post-Paris flight back to Riga at the Wimbledon Championships.

"When I boarded, the crew came and asked me if I wanted to fly in the cockpit," she explained back in June. "I said, 'Of course, I want.' I went there, and actually it's more interesting to fly there. The view is much, much better."

The 20-year-old has since shared subsequent airial endeavors on her Instagram:

Ostapenko will aim to fly even higher in 2018 after finishing her breakthrough season in the Top 8 with impressive results during the Asian Swing, including a first hardcourt title at the KEB Hana Bank-Incheon Airport Korea Open.