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Elli lost in the 1R at the French.

Here is a NYT profile-which includes a nice photo of Hana with her 1985 trophy.

Daughter of a U.S. Open Champion Embarks on Her Own Path

Elli Mandlik, 17, played in the United States Open junior girls tournament, her first junior Grand Slam event.CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times


Elli Mandlik, 17, played in the United States Open junior girls tournament, her first junior Grand Slam event. CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times

By Cindy Shmerler


  • Sept. 6, 2018
As Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori were locked in a five-set battle for a spot in the United States Open semifinals on Wednesday afternoon, Elli Mandlik was toiling on Court 5 before a handful of casual spectators.
One keen observer was tucked, out of sight, in a corner near the baseline. During changeovers, she left her seat and paced nervously nearby. She did not seem to breathe until Mandlik had dispatched Diane Parry of France, 6-3, 7-6 (1), to reach the third round of the U.S. Open junior girls tournament.
The pacing woman was Hana Mandlikova, Mandlik’s mother and and 1985 United tate Open champion. The U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center looked very different when Mandlikova upset No. 1 Chris Evert and No. 2 Martina Navratilova to win that title. There was no Arthur Ashe Stadium, no retractable roofs, no South Campus. When Mandlikova walks around the tournament grounds these days, only a smattering of fans recognize her, even though she played the women’s senior event here for years.

But that’s O.K. with Mandlikova because now she is here as the parent of a competitor. Elli and her twin brother, Mark, 17, are accomplished juniors, but only Elli qualified to play at the Open, her first junior Grand Slam tournament. Mark is back home training in Florida.

Hana Mandlikova, who taught her technique to her daughter and son, was a U.S. Open champion in 1985.CreditTrevor Jones/Getty Images


Hana Mandlikova, who taught her technique to her daughter and son, was a U.S. Open champion in 1985.CreditTrevor Jones/Getty Images

Mandlikova, a Czech native who has lived in the United States since 1981, did not introduce her children to tennis until they were 7. Instead, she took them skiing in the Colorado mountains.

“Why would I drill them at 4 or 5 years old and then they would be tired of the game at 20?” said Mandlikova, 56, who also won the Australian Open in 1980 and 1987 and the French Open in 1981. “That would just be dumb. I want them to love the game for a long time.”
Mandlikova taught Elli and Mark their technique before handing them off to their current coach, Gabriel Trifu, six years ago. Mark, at 6-foot-4, has a one-handed backhand and can serve and volley like his mother. Elli, a wispy 5-6, hits her backhand with two hands, though she has been working on her one-hander all summer. Her service motion looks like her mother’s. When she makes mistakes on court it’s usually because she has too many options, just like her mother.
“As a youngster, you could see that she had a good feel for the ball, but she was very small,” said Kathy Rinaldi, the U.S.T.A. national coach for women’s tennis. “Now she’s grown and she’s very athletic. Her feistiness reminds me of Hana.”
Mandlik didn’t like tennis in the beginning. She wanted, instead, to be a professional skier. But her mother showed her children videos of her matches. She let them touch her trophies, many of which are at the family home in Delray Beach, Fla. Soon, they too loved her sport.

“Being a parent is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said Mandlikova, who coached her fellow Czech Jana Novotna from 1989 to 1998. “It’s harder than playing, harder than coaching. It’s a 24-hour job.”
This summer, Mandlik reached the semifinals and won the doubles at a $15,000 tournament in Romania, where her coach, Trifu, is from. She also reached the doubles final at the U.S.T.A. National Girls’ 18 with Peyton Stearns. On Thursday, Mandlik lost to Dasha Lopatetskaya of Ukraine, 7-5, 6-4, in a third-round match. She said she still needed to work on the mental aspect of her game.
“Sometimes I get hesitant and then I don’t play free,” she said. “I have to remind myself to just swing. My mother always says, ‘Tough times never last, but tough people do.’”
Elli and Mark Mandlik have another year of home schooling, and Mark is currently considering college offers. Elli has her sights set on a pro career. She wants, more than anything, to win Wimbledon.
“That’s the only one my mother never won,” she said. “I want to do it for her.”


A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 7, 2018, on Page B10 of the New York edition with the headline: Following Her Mother’s Footsteps and Hoping to Do Her One (Major) Bette


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