Elina Svitolina will work with Gabriel Urpi, former coach of Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Conchita Martinez, and Flavia Pennetta, along with Thierry Ascione and Andrew Bettles in 2017.
WTA Staff

After a career-best 2016 season, Elina Svitolina will start 2017 with a new team led by Gabriel Urpi, along with coaching consultant Thierry Ascione and hitting partner Andrew Bettles.

Urpi is an experienced coach who worked with former No.1 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario during two of her four Grand Slam runs, 1994 Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez, and Flavia Pennetta, helping her become the first Italian woman to crack the Top 10 back in 2009.

Both Urpi and Ascione are former ATP players, while Bettles was a hitting partner for 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic.

Oliver Fawls will continue on as Svitolina's fitness coach; the Ukrainian youngster credited Fawls throughout her successful season, one that saw her defeat both reigning World No.1s in Serena Williams (Olympic tennis event) and Angelique Kerber (China Open), reach a career-high ranking of No.14, and reach the final of the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai.

Soon after her big week in Zhuhai, Svitolina announced the end of her two-and-a-half-year partnership with Iain Hughes.