...the beginning was actually a tradition...
“Shortly after I learned to walk, I started to win my first titles and cups in tennis.“
Elena was born into a tennis family. Both her parents, Lubka Radkova and Emilian Pampoulov, were professional tennis players as well as her uncles, known as the “Pampoulov twins“.
So, tennis came to her very naturally: she loved it and it was in her blood since she was born. At the age of 8 Elena won her first under 10’s tournament in Bulgaria.
At 10, she represented Bulgaria for the first time in the under 12’s Junior European Championship in Blois (France). Over the years, she won national championships in Bulgaria in different
age categories numerous times. At the age of 12, Elena became number 3 in Europe in the under-12 category. At the age of 14 she became number 2 in Europe in the under-14 category, losing in
the final against Monica Seles, and in the same age category, she was in the top 5 in the world. Elena was also among the world tennis elite in the under-18 age category. In 1988 Elena
started her more than 10-year professional career.
“I won single and doubles tournaments, but taking part in the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, winning the European Team Championship title with the German Team in 1996, the
many Bundesliga team titles and playing in the German Federation Cup Team are still some of my most memorable moments.“
“It was not always easy, but I don’t regret a single moment spent training on the tennis courts. I`m thankful I had this great chance – tennis meant a lot to me and gave me a
great education and many opportunities in life.“
Right after she finished playing tennis, Elena started her second career in the world of finance in 2001. She had the opportunity to learn about the business and work for well-known banks in
the famous financial center of Zurich. After nearly 10 years of rich experience, Elena decided to become independent again, joining the Aquila Group as managing partner at Aquila Wealth
The discipline and the dedication learned on the tennis court, combined with the education and experience gathered in the financial world since 2001, helped her to successfully develop her
own business since 2010.