Former Grand Slam champion and World No.4 Francesca Schiavone has joined the Milan Tennis Academy, it has been revealed.

Schiavone who is one of the most recognisable figures in Women’s Tennis; will give her expertise to the next generation. She retired in 2018; but revealed at the end of 2019 that she had gone through cancer treatment and that she had won her battle.

“I am delighted to be back on the tennis courts, and to start collaborating with the MTA”, she said.

“Francesca joining shows that the academy is continuing to invest and look ahead; in a medium-long term project that in a couple of years has already led us to do a long way,” said General Manager of MTA, Piercarlo Guglielmi who was delighted to welcome Schiavone to the academy.

“We chose Francesca because she is a figure; with enormous experience and because she fully embodies our values. We see her arrival as a sort of certification of the quality of the work done so far.

Her arrival will allow us to do even better and represents a decisive opening towards the possibility of having more and more professional athletes in the academy”.

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Author: Samuel Gill