Rob is Canadian, originally from Toronto. He started to work with Lucie for the very first time in 2012 and they hit it off.
He became her full time coach in 2013 and their partnership turned out to be a great success. Under Rob’s wing, Lucie reached her best results : she entered the top 5, reached the semifinals of Wimbledon, the final of the French Open and booked a spot in the WTA finals. They have a lot of fun together, which they usually share with their fans through fun videos.
He said about her : “She has always been in and out of the Top 20 but now it is a matter of her believing that she can stay and push further and further (…) I think it has never been a secret that she has always had the game. She has got all the tools. Some players gain belief quickly; in Lucie’s case, she’s like a fine wine. It’s taken longer than people expected but I think we are finally coming to see a well-developed player.”
She said about him : “He’s a good coach. He has a fun personality, it’s nice to have someone who brings a fun spirit. He always comes up with something and surprises me. It’s been three years that we’ve been working and my tennis has been going great – the best results of my career so far. I’m really happy about that“
Bethanie is American and is one of the most successful doubles players on the tour. You have probably heard of “Team Bucie”, the sweet nickname given to Lucie and Bethanie’s partnership. They started playing together for the first time at the Australian Open in 2015 and ended up winning the Grand Slam! They repeated the performance at the French Open a few months later. In 2016, they won their 3rd Grand Slam together when they claimed the trophy at the US Open. In a year and a half, they won 7 titles together! They are very good friends off the court. Bethanie is also a good friend of Rob Steckley and often appears in the fun videos with Lucie.
It’ not rare to spot Lucie’s family in her box : her parents, sister and nieces are often present to attend her matches, especially at Grand Slams.