Making her grandmother’s dream comes true, an aspiring tennis player from Russia and a gorgeous young lady that now one wants to miss out on is 21 years old Anastasia Poptapova.
Anastasia Potapova was born on 30th March 2001 in Saratov, Russia. Her father is Sergey Potapov and her mother Yuliya Potapova who has a Master of Sports in volleyball and is a former basketball coach who played for the national team of the Sports Institute in Saratov.
Her grandmother, Olga Pavlinova was in love with tennis, after feeling its charm through children playing tennis in the Palace of Sports and decided that’s the sport her lovely granddaughter needed.
Her parents made her a unique wall in their apartment for her to practice striking. Thus, at the age of 5, she started playing tennis, much better than children of her age, which promised great talent.
Advancing further, she bаgged her foremost title at the age of nine in Volgograd. The famous businessman and founder of the tennis academy, Alexander Ostrovsky, recognized Potpova’s talent and offered her the deal to train closer from Moscow.
Anastasia took the chance, and started training at the Academy of Alexander Ostrovsky in Khimki in 2013. Her coach back then was Irina Doronina.
On the junior tour she has had large success, played 2016 Junior French Open semifinals, won Nike Junior International in Roehampton and 2016 Junior Wimbledon Championship, which made her Junior World No.1. Her idols are Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer.
Who is Anastasia Potapova’s coach in 2023?
Since mid-2021 Anastasia’s coach is Russian former tennis player Igor Andreev.
Igor Andreev was born on 14th July 1983 in Moscow, Russia. He started his pro tennis career in 2002, during which he managed to win three ATP titles in singles at Valencia, Palermo and Moscow and one ATP title in doubles at Moscow Open.
Also he won Davis Cup with Russia in 2006. Igor achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No.18 in November 2008 and retired in 2012.
Then he started coaching career and since 2018 was captain of Russia Billie Jean Cup Team. By order of the Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation, in 2022 he received the honorary title “Honored Coach of Russia”.
During 2021 after he took over Anastasia Potapova’s training sessions, she managed to reach quarterfinals at three tournaments at Dubai Championships, Birmingham Classic and Astana Open.
She started her 2022 season brightly and won first WTA title in singles at Istanbul Cup. In doubles, alongside with Yana Sizikova she won Prague Open and reached her highest ranking of World No.48 in singles and World No.49 in doubles.
“Be positive is the only thing he tells me. He’s not trying to put any pressure on me or weighing me down with motivational speeches.
He’ll say things like, ‘It’s all good, even if you did 100 double faults, and at least you know you can’t do worse!’ He tries to teach me to find a good thing even when everything looks bad.
If I can find that positive thing, he wants me to hold onto it with everything I have, and it’s something I’m trying to use.” said Potapova about her relationship with Andreev.
In 2023, their collaboration led to success at the competition in Linz, Austria, where Potapova won the second career title.
Anastasia Potapova’s Past Coaches
For a period of more than two years, until their split up in 2021, Anastasia’s coach was an Englishman, Iain Hughes.
Iain Hughes is 49 years old tennis coach from Ewell, England. He did not have significant career as a player, and he is tennis coach since 2009. He enjoys playing golf and watching football.
Iain has held former roles as LTA (UK) Men’s Travelling Coach, ITF Development Travelling Coach and a member of the ‘Support Team’ for Andy Murray.
He is former coach of Elina Svitolina, Belinda Bencic, Sofya Zhuk, Katerina Siniakova.
He worked with Svitolina while earning singles titles at 2014 Baku, 2015 Marrakech and 2016 Kuala Lumpur, as well as a doubles title at 2014 Istanbul. Helped her reach a WTA singles ranking of No.13, becoming the highest ranked Ukrainian at the time.
From July 2017 – June 2018, he helped Bencic improve her ranking from No.318 to No.61. While coaching Siniakova she captured the doubles titles at 2018 Wimbledon and 2019 Sydney and reached a career high singles ranking of No.31 and doubles ranking of No.1 in 2018.
While working with Potapova, she made her first match win in the main draw of a Grand Slam at Australian Open.
She won her second career WTA doubles title at the Ladies Open Lausanne with Yana Sizikova. During 2020 she reached quarterfinals at St.
Petersburg Trophy and Abierto Mexicano Telcel, but due to undergoing ankle surgery she ended the season earlier. In 2021 Hughes and Potapova part ways.
“My heart was telling me I just needed something different. I really did enjoy the work with Iain, because he’s an amazing coach and person—in our time together, he became like family—and it was really important to have someone like him around me, someone who’s a really good coach but someone you can talk to and go for dinner with.
You need to be able to enjoy your team’s company, especially in the bubble situation. I just think at some point we were tired of being together all the time and we just decided it was the time to make a change.” said Potapova about her split with Hughes.
From the time she began practicing at the Academy of Alexander Ostrovsky until 2018; Potapova’s coach was Irina Doronina.
Under her mentorship, Potapina won hers first WTA title in doubles at Moscow River Cup.
Also in that period she won one ITF Circuit title in singles at Curitiba Open and two in doubles at Khimki Open and Prague Open.
Her biggest success while collaborating with Doronina was winning 2016 Junior Wimbledon Championship.
“Even though Nastya dreams of winning Roland Garros, the hard court is more suitable for her game.
The paradox is that up to now Nastya has won most of the important titles on clay, but at the children’s and junior level this is not an indicator.” – Doronina told an interview for Sport Express about her early days with Postapova.
Anastasia Potapova’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Anastasia Potapova under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Igor Andreev||2021 – ongoing||2022 Istanbul Cup
2022 Prague Open (in doubles)
2023 Upper Austria Ladies Linz
|Iain Hughes||2019 – 2021||2019 Lausanne Open (in doubles)|
|Irina Doronina||2013 – 2018||2017 ITF Curitiba Open
2017 ITF Khimki Open (in doubles)
2017 ITF Prague Open (in doubles)
2018 Moscow River Cup