Victoria Azarenka is a Belarusian professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 in singles and was the year-end No. 1 in 2012. She has won two Australian Open singles titles (2012 and 2013), becoming the only Belarusian player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title. Her other achievements include winning six Premier Mandatory tournaments including the Sunshine Double in 2016, the singles bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles—the 2007 US Open with Max Mirnyi, the 2008 French Open with Bob Bryan—and the gold medal in the mixed doubles at the 2012 Summer Olympics with Max Mirnyi.
Born Name Victória Fyódorovna Azárenka
Nick Name Azarenka, Vika
Occupation Professional Tennis Player
Turned pro 2003
Born: July 31, 1989, 29 years and 6 months, Minsk, Belorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Sun Sign Leo
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 6 ft or 183 cm
Measurements 37-27-38 in or 94-68.5-96.5 cm
Bra Size 36A
Distinctive Features Blonde hair and blue eyes, Towering Height (6 ft), Long wavy hair
Plays Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
Father – Fedor Azarenka
Mother – Alla Azarenka
Siblings – Max Azarenka (Older Brother)
On July 31, 1989, Azarenka was born in Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union to Alla and Fedor Azarenka in a middle-class family. She has an elder brother Max.
Azarenka’s tennis idol is German former player Steffi Graf. In an interview, Azarenka stated: “Graf’s Calendar Golden Slam in 1988 is my biggest motivation.”
At age 15, Azarenka moved full-time to Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, from Minsk, Belarus, to train. In this she was aided by National Hockey League goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and his wife, who is a friend of Azarenka’s mother. In 2012, she moved to Monaco but in August 2013 she purchased a large ocean-overlooking house in Los Angeles, California. Azarenka is fluent in Belarusian, Russian, and English and has some handling of French and Ukrainian
Azarenka dated American musician Redfoo between late 2012 and early 2014. Azarenka has spoken openly about her experience of depression during her injury-induced absence from professional tennis in 2014.
Azarenka and her most recent former boyfriend Billy McKeague have one son, Leo, born 19 December 2016. Following their split immediately after 2017 Wimbledon, they became involved in a legal child custody case for their son in Los Angeles in August 2017. This resulted in Azarenka’s withdrawal from the 2017 US Open and all other 2017 tournaments. In January 2018, it was reported that Azarenka had won early round of the U.S. custody proceedings where a Los Angeles County judge ruled that McKeague and Azarenka’s case should not take place in Los Angeles but in Belarus. In April 2018 Azarenka returned to the tour, competing in Europe in the Madrid open, Italian open and later French Open.
Azarenka debuted on the ITF junior tour in November 2003 in Israel, winning one doubles title with countrywoman Olga Govortsova. At Wimbledon, Azarenka reached the semifinals of the girls’ competition, only to be defeated by eventual runner-up Ana Ivanovic, despite having two match points in the marathon third set. She continued to participate in ITF tournaments in 2004, and at the end of the season she had a rank of 508 on WTA singles tour.
Azarenka had a successful year in 2005, winning two junior Grand Slams: the Australian (she would eventually win the seniors’ competition in 2012 and 2013) and US championships. She ended the season as the junior world No. 1 and was named the 2005 World Champion by the ITF, becoming the first Belarusian to do so. In addition, she reached her first semifinal on the main tour in Guangzhou, China. She went from the qualifying draw of the tournament to the main
draw, where she defeated Martina Suchá and Peng Shuai, before losing to the eventual champion Yan Zi.
Endorsements and earnings
In August 2013, Azarenka was named the fourth highest paid female athlete in the world by Forbes magazine, with total earnings of $15.7 million between 2012–2013. Her prize money constituted $6.7 million while her growing endorsements equaled $9 million. Azarenka’s $7.9 million prize money haul in 2012 was a single year record for a female athlete in any sport. With over $28.1 million in prize money, Azarenka is fourth on the list of WTA prize money leaders and the youngest in the top ten. Endorsement partners include Nike, Yonex, American Express, Six Star Pro Nutrition, InstaForex and Citizen Watch. Red Bull entered into a deal with Azarenka in January 2013, making her the first tennis player sponsor for the beverage and sports investment giant.
Playing style and coaching
Azarenka tends to play an aggressive baseline style that showcases her mobility. She is known for her strong two handed backhand, return game and taking the ball early. Her game is based on controlled aggression which she uses to hit relentless groundstrokes and to move her opponent around the court in order to hit low risk winners. Her aggressive game was praised particularly by American tennis player Sloane Stephens, who said that “she’s just a really tough competitor”.
Azarenka has had several coaches through the years. António van Grichen from 2005–2009, Sam Sumyk from 2010–2015, Wim Fissette from 2015–2016, and Michael Joyce in 2017, Her current coach is Slava Konikov (2018–present).
Throughout her career, Victoria Azarenka has established rivalries with other players on the WTA Tour. Her rivalries with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are among the most significant on the WTA Tour, as all three players have met each other at least fifteen times
Azarenka is signed with Lagardere Unlimited.
Azarenka has penned endorsement deals with Nike, Wilson, American Express, InstaForex, Citizen Watch, Six Star Pro Nutrition, and Red Bull.
Azarenka appeared in the TV movie 12th Annual Desert Smash (2016) as herself.
First TV Show
Other than tennis matches itself, Victoria was seen in news talk show Fox and Friends as herself.
First Professional Tennis Match
She played her first professional tennis match at the ITF junior tour in November 2003 in Israel.
First Grand Slam Singles Wins
You can check Azarenka’s recent title wins on WTA Tennis.
She won her first Australian Open in 2012.
Victoria Azarenka has been coached by –
Antonio van Grichen (2005-2009)
Sam Sumyk (2010-2015)
Azarenka is recognized as one of the best female tennis players who have played in the last two decades. She has been working hard on her athleticism and game techniques with different trainers.
Victoria Azarenka Favorite Things
Shot – Backhand
Surface – Hard
City – Minsk, New York City
Victoria Azarenka Facts
Victoria first got introduced to tennis when she was 7.
She has a huge respect for the Swiss tennis player Roger Federer.
Azarenka speaks English, Russian, and Belarusian fluently. She can also speak a little French and Ukrainian.
Her idol since a young age has been the legendary German former female tennis player Steffi Graf.
She shifted to Scottsdale, Arizona, USA from Belarus in order to work on her game when she was 15.
In 2012, Azarenka relocated to Monte Carlo, Monaco.
In 2013, she purchased a house in Los Angeles, California.
In 2011, Azarenka wanted to stop playing tennis and focus on her education. However, her grandmother told her to continue her sports career.
According to the well-known world magazine Forbes in 2013, Azarenka was ranked as #4 female athlete in the world for her income which was around 15.7 million dollars.
Her biggest rivals throughout her career have been Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
Victoria won the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal in mixed doubles after in the finals, she and her country fellow Max Mirnyi won against Andy Murray and Laura Robson of Great Britain.
She won the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open tournaments.