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Helen Kelesi

Helen Kelesi, Junior Development Coach

Helen KelesiHelen Kelesi is a former WTA player and is Canada’s 3rd highest ranked female tennis player of all time. Her Career high ranking was #13 in the world in singles and #18 in doubles with partner Monica Seles. Helen has reached the quarterfinals twice at the French Open, finals twice at the Italian Open, was Italian Open doubles champion, Japan Open singles champion, and Canadian National champion 5 times. She has career wins over Chris Evert, Conchita Martinez, Pam Shriver, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, and Jana Novotna. Helen was a proud member of the Canadian Summer Olympic Games and Seoul Olympics in 1988, and the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. During her career, she was also a Fed Cup Team member for over 10 years. “Hurricane Helen” was winner of the Canadian Female Press Athlete of the Year for 2 years in a row, Tennis Canada’s athlete of the year, and was inducted into BC’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Helen was a Tennis Canada National Touring Coach for many of Canada’s top ranked players. She was Head Tennis Director at Peoples Courts in Saskatoon, High Performance coach at the ORC, and High Performance Junior Development Director at Elite Tennis Academy for 5 years. Helen is certified as a Coach 3 Level Instructor, Club Pro 2, and a BCRPA Personal Trainer. Helen joined the coaching team at RCC in 2016 to groom our future champions!