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Elena Baltacha (1983 - 2014)

2012 Honorary Fellow

Elena Baltacha, 2012 Honorary Fellow

Elena Baltacha (1983 - 2014)

Elena Baltacha was one of the most accomplished British female tennis players of her generation, excelling not only as an individual but compiling an impressive record over the last 11 years as part of Great Britain's Fed Cup team. Elena was also part of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Despite being diagnosed with a liver condition at the age of 19, Elena was one of only two British women to break into the World's Top 50 in the last 19 years and had qualified on ranking for 11 consecutive grand slam tournaments.

Off the court, Elena had shown herself to be a fantastic role model. She was a committed patron of the Children' s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) and in 2010 started the Ipswich-based Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT) to support the tennis development of girls from Primary Schools in some of the town' s most deprived areas. 

Elena sadly passed away at the age of just 30 in May 2014, after being diagnosed with liver cancer.