Who is Petra Kvitova's coach? Know all about Jiri Vanek

Kvitová rose to prominence after defeating world No. 1 Dinara Safina in the third round of the 2009 US Open.

Petra Kvitova in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/ Roland Garros)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Jun 24, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Petra Kvitova is a professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. Kvitová has 29 career singles titles, including two Majors at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014. She is known for her powerful left-handed groundstrokes and variety. She also earned a bronze medal in singles for the Czech Republic at the 2016 Rio Olympics. On October 31, 2011, she achieved her career-high ranking of world No. 2.

Kvitová rose to prominence after defeating world No. 1 Dinara Safina in the third round of the 2009 US Open. Following that, she reached her first Major semifinal at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. Kvitová then won her first Major title at Wimbledon in 2011, defeating Maria Sharapova in the final and becoming the first player of either gender born in the 1990s to do so. She won the WTA Championships on her debut at the end of the season. She also helped lead the Czech Republic to victory in the Fed Cup that same year, making it the Czech Republic’s first such title as an independent nation.

Petra Kvitová was born in Blovec, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czechoslovakia, to Jiri Kvita, a mayor and former schoolteacher, and Pavla Kvitová (now Czech Republic). Jiri Jr., an engineer, and Libor, a schoolteacher, are her two older brothers. Tennis was introduced to her by her father, Jiri.

Who is Jiri Vanek?

Jiri Vanek is a former Czech Republic professional tennis player. He coached former world number one Karolina Pliskova and is now the coach of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, with whom he has been in a romantic relationship since August 2021. He was a standout junior, rising to No. 14 in the junior singles world rankings (and No. 21 in doubles) in 1995, and reaching the French Open semifinals and Australian Open quarterfinals in 1996. Vanek turned professional in 1996, winning 11 Challenger events and rising to World No. 74 in singles in October 2000. He competed in the Summer Olympics in Sydney in 2000, making it to the second round.