Ilya Ivashka is slowly turning up on the ATP Tour with some consistent performances over the past few years. The Belarusian broke into the Top-150 in 2018 with a semi-final run at the 2018 Open 13 in Marseille where he started ranked 193 in the world and entered the main draw from the qualifying stages.
Ivashka became the first semi-finalist since Max Mirnyi reached the last-4 at the 2005 Rotterdam Open. The very same year, he made it into the Top-100 with a run till the 3rd round in the ATP-1000 Canadian Masters 2018, again starting from the qualifying stages.
He achieved his best run at any Grand Slam when he entered into the 4th round of the Wimbledon 2021 and stands a chance to make it into the quarter-finals of the Championships. His 2nd round run at the 2019 Australian Open was his previous best before his run at the Wimbledon 2021.
Ivashka is currently being coached by former Spanish player Jose Checa-Calvo who has been coaching since 2015 and joined Ivashka sometime around 2018.
Who is Ilya Ivashka’s coach Jose Checa-Calvo ?
Jose Checa-Calvo was himself a professional tennis player who had a 62% win rate across all his ITF, ATP, and Davis Cup matches in a career that lasted from 2000 to 2015 post which he decided to become a coach.
Jose started his career with Santiago Giraldo in 2015 and 2016, where Giraldo reached the quarterfinals in Los Cabos, became Champion in Fairfield Challenger and the Prague Challenger while also finishing as the runner-up at the Las Vegas Challenger. He was later involved with Andrey Kuznetsov in 2017 with whom he reached the semi-finals in Bastad and Geneva.
Ilya Ivashka and Jose teamed up sometime around 2018 and have been together since then. The Spaniard has played a big role in reviving the Belarusian’s career who has gone from strength to strength in recent times have made it till the semi-finals of the 2021 Munich Open where he defeated Alexander Zverev who was one of the biggest title contender, to record his biggest career win so far.