It is that time of the year, seasons end early, players make decisions and the coaching carasel gets on the move!
Kerber splits from Wim Fissette
This is the oddest story of them all, Angie Kerber who had a horrid 2017 season brought in Wim to help get her back on track and he has helped her win big titles, get right back up where she belongs in the rankings and will be in Singapore. Over the last 48 hours it has been announced their partnership has ended with immediate effect and that Kerber will be coach-less for the WTA Finals in Singapore.
The timing is odd and the question is why? This has happened a lot with players Wim has coached of late becoming a ‘one year wonder’. Making this decision days before Singapore suggests there was a big problem.
Federer’s decision expected
An in house decision on Federer’s clay court participation next year is expected to be made once the season is over. Following his early exit to Borna Coric in Shanghai the questions were asked but he said he doesn’t know yet but will be speaking to his team and I imagine a decision and a potential calendar will be in place soon and recent performances have shown he maybe needs to slow down or others are speeding up.
Del Potro’s heartache!
This is the worst news of the year.
After a stellar year and qualifying for the ATP Finals for the first time in 5 years the Tower of Tandil took a tumble in Shanghai last week leading to his withdrawal from the tournament and has found out he has fractured his knee cap.
There has been no official withdrawal yet from the tour finals in London but I cannot see a way he will be able to compete and despite it being his first appearance for five years it isn’t worth the risk.
Konta on the search!
Johanna Konta is now on the search for a new coach.
The Brit who is now ranked around 45 in the world after a difficult 18 months has split from Michael Joyce after less than a year together.
A new name is already in the hat on a trial basis and that name is Zavialoff who is a former coach of 17 years to Stan Wawrinka who coached the three time major winner to his quest of the top 10.
Sharapova in Gloucestershire
Well, I have been away in Liverpool for the last week and during this time via social media we have seen she is spending time in my home town of Gloucestershire and has been exploring the cotswolds!