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Pliskova parts ways with Vallverdu

Karolina Pliskova, the World No 6, announced on Wednesday that she has parted ways with her coach Daniel Vallverdu after her 2020 season came to a close.

Unfortunately, due to time commitments, my coach Daniel Vallverdu and I have mutually agreed to no longer work together. I'd like to thank Dani for the work and the time we've spent together. Karolina Pliskova

“Due to the reduced number of WTA tournaments by the end of the year, the tournament in Ostrava was my last in the season,” she said, adding that she would begin preparations for the upcoming season soon.

This year, the calendar was severely curtailed by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and while Pliskova hired Vllverdu and also added Olga Savchuk to her coaching team in November 2019 after splitting with Conchita Martinez, it was only on a part-time basis as the Briton is also coaching three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka.

The 28-year old, however, has not enjoyed much success over the season.

The former World No 1 won her first tournament of the year in Brisbane and reached the final in Rome in September, but she failed to get beyond the round of 32 at the season’s three Grand Slams.

“Unfortunately, due to time commitments, my coach Daniel Vallverdu and I have mutually agreed to no longer work together,” Pliskova said in a statement on Twitter. “I’d like to thank Dani for the work and the time we’ve spent together.”

Her husband and manager Michal Hrdlicka said in a tweet that Pliskova wanted a ‘full-time coach’.

Pliskova has previously been coached by Jiri Vanek, David Kotyza, Tomas Krupa and Rennae Stubbs.


Daniel Vallverdu has coached has formerly coached Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov and Juan Martin Del Potro and now is helping Stan Wawrinka

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