Former World No. 3, Elina Svitolina prepares to re-enter the competitive fray at the 2023 Charleston Open, WTA 500 event held next month.
The Ukrainian has been on maternity leave for the past year, taking time to embrace motherhood and welcome her first child, Skaï, with husband and fellow tennis star Gael Monfils, who also made a comeback after an injury recently. Svitolina's return to the court marks a new chapter in her career, as she balances life as both an athlete and a mother.
During her time away from the sport, Svitolina has kept her fans in the loop, sharing glimpses of her journey back to peak fitness on social media. From grueling workouts to precious moments with her family, the former World No. 3 has made it clear that she is more motivated than ever to reclaim her position among the tennis elite.
As Svitolina prepares for her return in Charleston, she'll be in excellent company with six of the current Top 10 players set to compete at the prestigious WTA 500 event. Svitolina's entry into the main draw was secured through a wildcard, further highlighting the anticipation and excitement surrounding her comeback.
A significant change in Svitolina's team comes in the form of a new coach, Raemon Sluiter, who has been entrusted with guiding her return to the top of the sport. Sluiter's record includes helping now-retired Dutch player Kiki Bertens break into the Top 10.
The collaboration between Svitolina and Sluiter was revealed by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, and fans can't wait to see how their partnership unfolds on the court. The Charleston Open is a great event to come back for the Ukrainian also because of their previous efforts to help Ukraine by raising funds.
“Increasing awareness and raising funds for Ukraine is very important to us as a tournament and to our players. We are passionate about working with Elina, who has a deep and personal understanding of the needs in her home country right now, to further exemplify the mission of Tennis Plays for Peace and stand united with Ukraine.”