Two tennis fathers are out of a job coaching their daughters – Sofia Kenin and Caroline Garcia have both parted ways with their dads in an effort to improve form.
It was my decision. Today, I am more sure of myself, I have more confidence in myself, it was perhaps the right moment for this evolution. I want to go for big titles. If I am doing it now, it means I am I'm ready to do it. Caroline Garcia
Kenin, the World No 4, announced her parting of ways with her father, Alex Kenin, on Instagram on Friday, after a string of disappointing performances this year.
“This was not an easy decision for me as we shared many great moments together and had a lot of success,” wrote the 22-year-old American, announced, who won her maiden Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2020.
“I will be forever grateful for my dad’s sacrifice and contributions towards getting me to where I am today.
“I am excited for what the future holds and look forward to putting together a new technical team in the coming weeks ahead.”
Kenin, who did not indicate whom she may select as her new coach, added she was looking forward to getting back on the court in Rome next week.
The decision comes amid a string of misfortune for Kenin, who has suffered 3 straight losses, most recently in her Stuttgart debut.
Kenin’s Australian Open title defence came to an abrupt end in February when she crashed out in the second round in a straight-sets loss to Kaia Kanepi.
Less than a week later, she suffered a shock defeat by unranked Olivia Gadecki in the second round of the Phillip Island Trophy after receiving a wild card, 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4, and later underwent emergency surgery in Melbourne to remove her appendix.
The 18-year-old Gadecki was watched by World No 1 and fellow Queenslander Ash Barty at the WTA250 event, as she saved 2 break points in the final game before serving out for the biggest win of her fledgling career.
Garcia announced earlier this week that she has decided to stop being coached by her father, Louis-Paul, saying a new approach is necessary if she wants to win big titles.
She has been working with Louis-Paul since she began playing tennis, and has now hired veteran WTA coach Gabriel Urpi and her own physiotherapist in a trial arrangement that will run through the French Open.
“It was my decision,” she told tennis.com. “Today, I am more sure of myself, I have more confidence in myself, it was perhaps the right moment for this evolution.
“I want to go for big titles. If I am doing it now, it means I am I’m ready to do it.”
The 27-year-old Frenchwoman has won 7 career titles, including back-to-back wins at Wuhan and Beijing in 2017.
She reached a career-high ranking of No 4, but she has rarely won 2 matches in a row since 2019, which said affected her decision.
Garcia notes that her setup is still familiar because she has trained at Nadal’s academy since 2019 and knows her new coach through the French Billie Jean King Cup team.
“With Gabi, I knew I would have repetition, that I was going to run,” she said. “I know what to expect. I am ready to make the effort.”
Garcia is currently No 53 in the WTA rankings.