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Wawrinka, Konta split with coaches ahead of Roland Garros
The former Top 5 players appear to be heading into the clay-court major without a coach. Meanwhile, David Ferrer will be accompanying Alexander Zverev to Paris.
September 22, 2020
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Stan Wawrinka appears to be going into the French Open with no coach following his split with Magnus Norman.
The 35-year-old from Switzerland announced that he has stopped working with Norman, who joined his team in 2013 and helped him win three Grand Slam events. The pair also stopped temporarily in 2017, reuniting in 2018 following Wawrinka’s double knee surgery.
A statement from Wawrinka on social media said, “We have had a amazingly strong, enjoyable and hugely successful partnership. We reached the height of this sport together and I want to thank him for helping me win everything that I could ever dreamt of winning.”
There was no announcement of a new coach. The No. 17 has chosen a slower return to tour, staying in Europe and playing two clay Challengers instead of the US Open. Wawrinka won in Prague and withdrew partway through his next event, then most recently fell in the first round of Rome to Italian teen Lorenzo Musetti, who reached the third round.
Johanna Konta will also not have a coach at the French Open, saying she has split with Thomas Hogstedt following a three-week trial on hard courts.
“It wasn’t something that worked for me really or for either of us,” Konta told British press during Rome, where she reached the third round. “We didn’t feel that it was gonna be a good fit.”
The 29-year-old had also split with her previous coach, Dimitri Zavialoff, during the tour hiatus, but said that was not her decision.
“I don’t think I change coaches often,” the three-time Grand Slam semifinalist said. “I met with Thomas for three weeks. I didn’t hire him as a coach.”
Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev‘s partnership with David Ferrer has officially begun, with the retired Grand Slam finalist accompanying the German next week at the French Open.
— Alexander Zverev (@AlexZverev) September 21, 2020
Look who’s back on clay ????
— ATP Tour (@atptour) September 19, 2020
The pair also trained before the hard-court events, which was followed by Zverev reaching the final of the US Open.
Zverev is No. 7 in the rankings.