Daniela Hantuchova - A Biography [Part 1/3]
Daniela Hantuchova was born in Poprad, Slovakia on
April 23rd 1983 to parents Igor, a university professor,
and Marianna, a toxicologist.
Despite the academic success of her parents, Daniela's
career was always going to be tennis. Whilst her entire
family were keen players, Daniela was probably inspired
most by her grandmother Helena, a former Czechoslovakia
national player, who introduced Daniela to the sport
at the tender age of three.
Aware of her granddaughter's potential, Helena signed
her up at Slavia STU, a prestigious tennis club in Bratislava,
where the young Daniela was instructed by Joseph Bulko.
Aged thirteen, Daniela started to spend the winter
months at the Bollettieri Academy in Florida, a tennis
club with an enviable record for developing talents
of the future. Two years later Daniela joined the ITF
circuit and went on to win two ITF Challenger titles
in 1999, aged just sixteen. By now, Daniela had turned
professional and tennis observers were starting to take