Thomas Högstedt

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Thomas Högstedt
Country (sports) Sweden Sweden
Residence Stockholm
Born (1963-09-21) 21 September 1963 (age 54)
Mariestad, Sweden
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1981
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $609,935
Singles
Career record 89–152
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 38 (19 Sep 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1981)
French Open 2R (1982, 1983)
Wimbledon 2R (1989)
US Open 2R (1983, 1984, 1989)
Doubles
Career record 1-3
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 408 (9 July 1984)

Thomas Högstedt (born 21 September 1963) is a coach and former professional tennis player from Sweden. He is the former coach of Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Simona Halep and Madison Keys.

Career[edit]

Högstedt was the junior singles winner at the 1981 US Open, defeating West German player Hans Schwaier in the final.

The following year he had a win over rising star Mats Wilander at Cincinnati and was a semi-finalist at Basel and Båstad.

He won his only Grand Prix tournament at Ferrera in 1983, without dropping a set. That year he also reached the quarter-finals in Milan.

In both 1987 and 1988, Högstedt had some success at New York's OTB Open, with semi-final appearances.

Högstedt had the best win of his Grand Slam career at the 1989 Wimbledon Championships, defeating sixth seed Jakob Hlasek in the opening round. He also reached the quarter-finals of a tournament in Rio de Janeiro and the Australian Indoor Championships.[1]

In 1990 he appeared in all four Grand Slams, for the first time in his career, but was unable to progress past the first round in any of them. His best performances on the tour came at Rotterdam, Singapore and Tokyo, where he made the quarter-finals. In Tokyo he defeated world 6 Andrés Gómez, the second time in their two meetings that he had got the better of the Ecuadorian, having also beaten him at Basel in 1982.[2]

He was appointed coach of five time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova in late 2010, having previously had success coaching Tommy Haas and Li Na, who were both top 10 players under his tutelage.[3] The pair ended their relationship shortly after Sharapova's second round loss to Michelle Larcher de Brito at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.[4]

Högstedt was the coach of former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard from December 2016 to September 2017, whom he also coached from October 2015 until April 2016.[5][6][7][8] He was also the coach of American Madison Keys from May to December 2016.[9][10] As of 2018, he was back coaching Maria Sharapova starting before the clay court season. It is unknown at this point if they will continue their partnership after the French Open, beginning the grass season.

Grand Prix career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1983 Italy Ferrara, Italy Carpet United States Butch Walts 6–4, 6–4

Challenger titles[edit]

Singles: (1)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1986 Greece Thessaloniki, Greece Hard Austria Alex Antonitsch 6–2, 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ ITF Tennis Profile
  2. ^ ATP World Tour Profile
  3. ^ The Australian, "Maria Sharapova aces bad first-round memories ", 18 January 2011, Margie McDonald
  4. ^ Maria Sharapova splits with coach Thomas Hogstedt, Beyond the Baseline, SI.com
  5. ^ "Eugenie Bouchard making peace with coach, and herself". The Star. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Report: Coach Thomas Hogstedt splits with Canada's Genie Bouchard". Sportsnet. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ Myles, Stephanie (17 January 2016). "Eugenie Bouchard one step ahead of a year ago, with new coach Thomas Hogstedt already in place". Yahoo Sports Canada. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Myles, Stephanie (29 April 2016). "With coach Thomas Hogstedt out, Eugenie Bouchard makes a new start in Madrid". Yahoo Sports Canada. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (14 May 2016). "Madison Keys, Free of Expectations, Unloads Another Burden". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Keys Splits With Coach Hogstedt". WTA Tour, Inc. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 

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