Elena Pampoulova-Bergomi has been playing tennis since she was a young child, and at the age of 14 she was ranked as the number 2 in Europe in her age-category, only losing out to Monica Seles in the final of that year. At this time, she was also ranked as one of the top 5 players in the world within her age category.
In 1988, Elena embarked on a professional tennis career that would last more than a decade. During this time, she won singles and doubles tournaments on the WTA and ITF tour, took part in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, won the European Team Championship title with the German team in 1996, and won several Bundesliga with Heidelberg Tennis Club and Benrath Düsseldorf.
Between 1997 and 2001 Elena sat on the WTA Player Committee, representing the players and their interests to the WTA’s sponsors and directors. In 1998 she also established the Rox Wagner-Pampoulova Tennis School, which she managed with her mother, former player Ljuba Hristova, until 2001.
Elena retired from the world of professional tennis in 2001 and immediately began a new career in the finance sector, working for some of the most well-known banks in the famous financial capital of Zurich.
Initially working in the Sports & Entertainers Group at UBS AG, Elena was required to introduce representatives of international athletes and entertainers to senior and experienced relationship managers. In 2004, Elena was offered a role with Credit Suisse AG.
After nearly a decade of learning under the supervision of experienced and well-known senior bankers, Elena became independent again in 2010 as the managing partner of Aquila Wealth Coordinators AG. Since 2021 she has been one of the owners and managing partner of Aquila E&A Financial Consulting AG. This company provides a range of independent external asset management services and is based in Zurich. The company is FINMA regulated and audited by PWC.
Elena has a wide range of interests outside of her professional life, which include painting, music, art and history. She also loves to travel, something that she had the opportunity to do extensively as part of her tennis career – Elena now cites Dubai as her favourite holiday destination. She also enjoys food, particularly Italian cuisine, and a range of different sports, including gymnastics and light athletics.
Elena’s personal motto is ‘never give up’ and she credits this with helping her both on the tennis court and in getting through difficult periods in her life.