Swedish rising star Elias Ymer will travel to Chile in the off-season if he hires former tennis star Fernando Gonzalez as his full-time coach, according to a Swedish tennis journalist. The 22-year-old and Chilean Gonzalez are currently on a trial period.
Gonzalez, 38, is a former 11-time ATP champion and he was ranked as high as No.
Elias Ymer and Fernando Gonzalez still on a tryout-period.
If it works, Ymer will travel to Chile when the season is over and prepare for 2019. #Ymer #gonzalez — Alex (@tennisguru100) October 15, 2018
5 in the world. The Chilean fell just short of winning a Grand Slam and an Olympic gold medal during his career as he ended runner-up to Roger Federer in the 2007 Australian Open final and to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics final respectively.
Ymer, ranked at No. 135 in the world, didn't have an especially good month in September. The Swede picked up back-to-back first round exits at the Challenger events in Chicago and Cary, before making the quarter-final at the Orleans Challenger.
Ymer returned to the ATP level this week as he is featuring this week's Intrum Stockholm Open after being handed a wildcard by the organizers. The 22-year-old defeated German rising star Maximilian Marterer in the Stockholm first round to set up a round-of-16 meeting against No.
4 seed Jack Sock. The Swede is playing in the Stockholm main draw for the fourth time in his career. In his previous three appearances, Ymer twice lost in the first round and once reached the round-of-16. It remains to be seen will Ymer extend his partnership with Gonzalez.