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Everybody blame Piotr and it is really good to hear from MM, that it is not he..it is Caro by herself!!!!!!!!!
That's not news to me. The only thing is, why then keep employing a new coach every couple of months only to give them the boot a few weeks later? If she wants to be the player she was in 2009-2011 there's no need for that because she was that player with Piotr as her only coach. As I have said several times before: I don't care who her coach is but make up your mind and stick to it. She changes coaches more often than skirts and that everyone constantly whispers different things into her ears can only confuse her and harm her game up to a point where she doesn't know anymore what to do.

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In my opinion she was allways the one, who is the boss in the team. But people allways say, Piotr don´t want to let her go an and and..nice to hear clearly words from MM..at least she wants Daddy because SHE CAN HANDLE him in the way she want..she can cheering her fat irish golfer and work on court when she want..with a serious coach this is impossible.

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I also mean like other danes and what can be read between the lines in that interview, that Caro's mental/phisycally tired and maybe needs som months, even many months, away from tennis...
Caro plays a lot more tournaments than is required. Plus she tends to play exhibitions after the Wta season such as the league she's signed up for this off season.

For example, she could have not signed up for Stuttgart and Monterrey and given herself a nice month long vacation in April if she wanted.

So if Caro is tired she has herself to blame.

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That's not news to me. The only thing is, why then keep employing a new coach every couple of months only to give them the boot a few weeks later? If she wants to be the player she was in 2009-2011 there's no need for that because she was that player with Piotr as her only coach. As I have said several times before: I don't care who her coach is but make up your mind and stick to it. She changes coaches more often than skirts and that everyone constantly whispers different things into her ears can only confuse her and harm her game up to a point where she doesn't know anymore what to do.
I agree that a revolving door of coaches is not a good thing.

Piotr was Caro's coach for all of the 2013 season and it turned out even more dissapointing than the 2012 season. There was little sign of the player that she used to be. Piotr may have been the coach that got her game to the point where she was going deep in slams and winning premier 5s/premier mandatories but it just don't seem to me that he can be the coach that can get her game back to that level.

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wow, she is something elese

Do we need any more proof that she is done

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I don't understand "not ready for my input right now". Why hire a new coach if you're not interested in their opinions or advice?

So what are the "things she herself feels are important"? It's my understanding that Mortensen wanted a more defensive approach than the previous hired coaches. Does Caro want to get even more defensive than Mortensen did? Just getting balls back without depth or in the center of the court (width-wise) isn't gonna get your far in tournaments these days.

What the heck is this "a lot of pressure...lots of points to defend..."? Commentators generally don't consider Caro a contender for big tournaments these days or even a dark horse for that matter. Caro has few points to defend until Cincy.

The overall interview baffles me and Caro comes off looking bad.

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I don't understand "not ready for my input right now". Why hire a new coach if you're not interested in their opinions or advice?
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The overall interview baffles me and Caro comes off looking bad.
The whole situation is baffling.
The only thing that makes sense is that she's hanging around for sponsor money.
Why a top athlete who is close to a Hall of Fame career lacks motivation at age 22, 23 makes no sense, except that some people play for their history or pride or love of competition, and some play for money, so when they have a lot of money, the hard work is over.

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A lot of the arguments in these articles are circular.

The she's lacking stability in her coaching team. Is of course true, but the reason for this was her initial downturn.

The worst (defence) argument of all is the one about how Azarenka, Radwanska etc. got stronger. It's true. But when did Wozniacki even last play these two? She doesn't play these players often enough anymore. That's been the problem for years now, yes she has struggled when she's got to them, but it's becoming less and less frequent (though may increase now with her ranking dropping).

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Caro plays a lot more tournaments than is required. Plus she tends to play exhibitions after the Wta season such as the league she's signed up for this off season.

For example, she could have not signed up for Stuttgart and Monterrey and given herself a nice month long vacation in April if she wanted.

So if Caro is tired she has herself to blame.
She doesn't even play too many tournaments anymore tbh. She has to play this many tournaments nowadays just to keep her ranking. If she started playing 16 tournaments or something her ranking would drop further (especially as her mandatory results are hardly great). Part of it is she doesn't always make the best choices in terms of selection, this has always been a problem imo.
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Saw her match vs JJ? Never in life I expect Caro so worst.

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I don't why is Caro looking so positive in these interviews? She always says that opponent played well,that she didn't do this and that right,but reading what you guys said about her match against JJ she didn't do anything right.I would rather watch her be boring again as in 2010 and 2011 than trying to be BBB without making winners :P

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Glad to hear MM's opinión. Caro seems pretty determined to waste another year, if she wants to go back to her old game, she's doing a lousy job. What was she doing last year? Piotr was with her all year and nothing changed... I like him but he's done, he said it himself that he wanted out of the job.


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Ben Rothenberg and Courtney Nguyen talk about Caros loss to Jankovic and her slump!
Even they were shocked at the way Caro lost to JJ! Starts at 00:16:00!

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I don't why is Caro looking so positive in these interviews? She always says that opponent played well,that she didn't do this and that right,but reading what you guys said about her match against JJ she didn't do anything right.I would rather watch her be boring again as in 2010 and 2011 than trying to be BBB without making winners :P
Caroline's answers in interviews are so predictable that anyone here could tell you what she will say before she has said it. But nobody believes the positive spin she puts on everything anymore - not even Caroline herself. It's pretty clear that there is total panic in camp Woz.

And she's not capable of being 'boring' these days because she's not good enough anymore for that. She now makes almost as many UE as the 'exciting' players.

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I don't why is Caro looking so positive in these interviews? She always says that opponent played well,that she didn't do this and that right,but reading what you guys said about her match against JJ she didn't do anything right.I would rather watch her be boring again as in 2010 and 2011 than trying to be BBB without making winners :P
I wonder why Caro feels the need to be so positive to the point of sometimes sounding out of touch with reality.

Was that a point of emphasis in her upbringing or coaching to not admit problems/things not going well?

"Boring" Caro averaged about 8 winners per set at the 2010 YEC which translates to about 16 winners in a two set match.

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"Obviously, when you start off and everything's new, it'e easy and straightforward to motivate yourself. Now it's more about finding the desire to play, because if you don't have that, you may as well quit. So the hunger isn't as strong as earlier, but the desire is definitely still there. I started playing tennis because I love the sport and it was fun. Now I'm in a situation where I don't have to think about money. Everything I achieve now is a plus. It's about enjoying it because you only live once. You give it everything you have on the tennis court for a few more years, and then you can enjoy life afterwards,"
She sounds here like 35 years old tennis player who achieved absolutely everything in tennis.
She is 23 old woman and still has 0 Slams titles. How it is even possible that she hasn't enough motivation and hunger to develop herself and winning more important and bigger titles? Does she really enjoy being only journeywoman, who is knock out in almost every tournament by accidental tennis players? That's beyond ridiculous for me.
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"Caroline isn't ready for my input right now". Interview with Michael Mortensen @johasger in Ekstra Bladet: For Michael Mortensen it was the chance he'd long dreamed about: coach Caroline Wozniacki on a daily basis and get the chance to change the things in her game he'd long felt necessary.

Reality didn't live up to expectations, and the Danish coach flew home last night.

He and Team Wozniacki had agreed to work together for four tournaments, but the next one, the Sony Open in Miami, will be without him.

"We've talked about it for a while. It's the right thing for all three of us. I can't do much more right now. It's better if the two of them continue working together alone," says Michael Mortensen.

"Caroline doesn't feel that the time is right to work on the things I'd like to implement in her game. She wants to work on the things she herself feels are important, and that's totally fine.

"There's a lot of pressure on her and a lot of points she has to defend, and she feels she has to become familiar with her own game again. It's been a hectic period and she wants some calm."

So you're stopping your collaboration?

"No, you can't say that. But right now my job is done. It's possible I'll come in later in the season when Caroline has the energy for new input.

"There may also be some weeks, either between tournaments or during tournaments Piotr can't attend where I step in. And we're of course in continuous contact."

So you haven't fallen out?

"Definitely not. It's a unanimous decision everyone is 100% behind. We've talked a lot of things through in full agreement. Daily in fact. And we rounded everything off this morning.

"I gave what input I could at the present moment. Piotr knows what he has to work on. She works best with Piotr, that's 100% certain. The two have an amazing teamwork.

"So we have to implement the elements in her game she knows very well she needs over a longer period. But that kind of thing requires energy she doesn't have right now."

When you went to Dubai, you thought of yourself as head coach?

"I'd hoped, of course, that I'd get the chance to work on some things, but I quickly found out that the time wasn't right.

"The time has been a learning experience for me. I saw that Caroline needs to be open mentally for my input.

"Right now, it's better to do that through Piotr, who will then work with her on it. We've worked well together - both on and off the court.

Other coaches have indicated that it's very difficult to fit in between Piotr and Caroline. Do you see that?

"I communicate perfectly with Piotr. She's the one who wants it to be like this."
I think this is the most damning of all Caro's splits with her coaches. A coach that was close to her and the family. A coach who wanted to put the enjoyment back into Caro's game after the TH experience.

But it seems to me like Caro has rather cynically just used MM to get back to having Piotr as a coach and had no intention of wanting him as a coach in the first place. It's not fair on MM. It's not fair on Piotr who wanted to be out of coaching her but is effectively faced with an ultimatum of Caro being on her own and coachless or taking over as her coach again.

I used to be such a fan of the way she was so strong mentally and single-mindedly set about disproving all the things people said she couldn't do starting right back when she wasn't allowed to play tennis with the family because she wasn't good enough.

But now ....

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