Medvedev's Coach Cervara Presented ATP Coach Of Year Award

Frenchman honoured to receive trophy in Perth

Gilles Cervara was presented with the ATP Coach of the Year award, as voted for by his peers, after Team Russia successfully qualified for the Final Eight on Tuesday at the ATP Cup.

The 38-year-old Frenchman guided Daniil Medvedev to an ATP Tour-best 59 match wins, 46 hard-court wins and nine final appearances in 2019, in addition to a career-high No. 4 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

“It’s a great honour for me to have this trophy, as it’s voted for by coaches,” Cervara told ATPTour.com in Perth. “So it means a lot, as you’re not in the spotlight and coaches have been able to see the work I’ve done with Daniil over almost the past few years.

“It’s a long road from where I started and the work I’ve done with Daniil, so I’m very, very happy to receive it. I also want to thank the team who also works with me: Eric [Hernandez], Francisca [Dauzet] and Yann [Le Meur]. I’d like to share this trophy with them.”

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Cervara started coaching Medvedev full-time in late 2017, when the Russian player moved to Cannes, in the south of France, where his sister, Elena, lived.

Cervara was selected as the winner in the 2019 ATP Awards from a shortlist that included coaches Nicolas Massu (Dominic Thiem), Carlos Moya (Rafael Nadal), Vincenzo Santopadre (Matteo Berrettini) and Apostolos Tsitsipas (Stefanos Tsitsipas).

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