Former World No 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza, who elected to skip the clay and grass court seasons after not winning a match this year, has parted ways with her coach of 3 years, Conchita Martinez.
Garbiñe and I have decided by mutual agreement to end our employment relationship. These have been fantastic years, full of great emotions and wonderful experiences, both on and off the track. It has been a pleasure working with you, Garbiñe. I wish you the best #friendship. Conchita Martinez
The decision is amicable and brings to an end their fruitful partnership which saw Muguruza lift the prestigious Wimbledon trophy in 2017.
The split is a mutual decision and was announced on social media, with 29-year old Muguruza posting on Instagram: “The best and only @conchita_martinez ❤️ Thanks for everything.”
Martinez, a former Wimbledon champion herself, wrote on Twitter: “Garbiñe and I have decided by mutual agreement to end our employment relationship. These have been fantastic years, full of great emotions and wonderful experiences, both on and off the track. It has been a pleasure working with you, Garbiñe. I wish you the best #friendship.”
Initially stepping in as a temporary coach for Muguruza during the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Martinez substituted for Sam Sumyk, who was unavailable due to personal reasons.
The pair quickly formed a strong bond, and, in November 2019, Martinez officially took on the role of full-time coach.
Recently, though, Muguruza’s form has dipped alarmingly, prompting her decision to skip the upcoming clay and grass seasons after she was clearly struggling with her form and lost all of the last 6 matches that she played, winning just 2 sets.
She has dropped to No 131 in the WTA rankings, and while she hinted at a return to the tour in the autumn, it is by no means certain, especially after the split with her long-time coach.
As a former Grand Slam champion, Martinez has been able to impart considerable wisdom to her protégé, propelling Muguruza to new heights in her career as she has formally worked with her fellow Spaniard since 2019.
Muguruza, who was born in Caracas, Venezuela, won the French Championships in 2016 and was ranked World No in 2017, rising again as high as No 3 by the end of 2021, but she is now tumbling down outside the top 100.