Johanna Konta, who is the top seed at the Viking Open in Nottingham this week, has split with her coach Dimitri Zavialoff for the second time in her career following her first-round defeat at the French Open and now heads into the grass-court season without a coach.
I still have people around me, my team is not made up of one person. I still feel supported and I feel like I have every opportunity to keep trying my best to find a good level to try and do well. So much fun, that first hit on grass on Thursday, the sun was shining, it was a really nice day in London and it was so much fun being back on the surface. Jo Konta
The British No 1 had only reunited with Zavialoff in November after originally calling time on their partnership ahead of the 2021 season.
During his tenure, Konta reached a Grand Slam semi-final and two quarter-finals, but the 30-year-old wants to go in a different direction.
“We are no longer working together. I didn’t broadcast it in any way,” she said ahead of her outing in Nottingham.
“It was just about me looking to how I would like to do things moving forward and how I would like to structure a team around me.
“We left on very good terms and Dimitri will always be a very big part of my career and my life. That’s it.
“We just came to that decision, it has got no bearing on where we are in the season or where we are not, it has nothing to do with it being grass season or not grass season.
“I still have people around me, my team is not made up of one person. I still feel supported and I feel like I have every opportunity to keep trying my best to find a good level to try and do well.”
Konta has used her early departure from Paris to transition from clay to grass courts for the first time in two years after the 2020 swing was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, and she is glad to return to the surface on which she has gained much success.
“So much fun, that first hit on grass on Thursday, the sun was shining, it was a really nice day in London and it was so much fun being back on the surface,” she added.
“We haven’t been on it for two years, so I felt very happy.
“It hasn’t felt like it has been two years, it hasn’t felt that long since we have been on the surface but obviously it has and a lot has happened in that time.
“Your body always gets a bit sore with any surface change, I feel it a little bit in the body but that is normal.
“I am looking to play as many matches as I can and enjoy being on the grass, to enjoy playing in front of home fans and that’s about it.”