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OZTENNIS
Jun 18th, 2009, 06:18 AM
Stosur splits with coach on eve of Wimbledon
June 18, 2009 - 3:18PM
http://images.brisbanetimes.com.au/2009/06/01/549450/stosur-200x0.jpg Samantha Stosur.


Samantha Stosur has split from coach Rene Moller on the eve of Wimbledon and less than a fortnight after reaching the French Open semi-finals.
Stosur has teamed up once more with Fed Cup coach David Taylor, who spent about 18 months helping the Queenslander make her comeback after six months out recovering from serious illness in late 2007.
Taylor finished working with Stosur in late January - after she bowed out in the third round of the Australian Open - so he could focus on his development role with Tennis Australia helping talented teenagers including Olivia Rogowska and Isabella Holland.
Stosur then turned to New Zealander Moller - who like the Australian has a base in Tampa, Florida - in February and the partnership had appeared to work well given her success reaching the quarter-finals at the Miami Masters in March and her career-best performance at Roland Garros a fortnight ago.
But Taylor was back by Stosur's side on Wednesday for her second-round match at the WTA tournament at Eastbourne and he will spend the rest of the season dividing his time between helping her and his younger charges.
Stosur and Moller, who has in the past worked with greats including Martina Hingis and Mary Pierce, were reluctant to reveal exactly what was behind the split.
"I know it looks really weird, but there's a few things ... I'm not going into it like this," Stosur told AAP.
"But I've been in contact with Dave all year for the three or four months that I was with Rene and I wanted to continue that.
"He was able to do it, so that's what we've done."
Taylor, who cheered Stosur on in Paris while helping Holland and Rogowska, said he had maintained contact with Stosur in recent months despite no longer being her coach.
"It's definitely a relationship she wanted to keep going and she felt she had progressed," he told AAP.
"It's not as if we stopped contact (after the Australian Open).
"It's something I had always overseen a bit and she made that decision and Tennis Australia were able to give us some more work together."
Stosur's decision to change coaches on the eve of Wimbledon mirrors the switch Lleyton Hewitt made when he split from Jason Stoltenberg after bowing out of the 2003 French Open in the third round.
Hewitt was at the time riding high as Wimbledon's second seed and defending champion at the All England Club, but crashed out in his first-round match against the big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic.
Stosur's other former coaches in recent years have included Gigi Fernandez, Nick Watkins, Nicole Bradtke, Adam Peterson and John Alexander.
When she teamed up with Taylor the Queenslander was battling to recover from Lyme's disease and her ranking had slipped from an all-time high of No.27 to No.154.
Under his tutelage, Stosur had climbed back to No.42 by the time they parted company after the Australian Open this year.
After her semi-final success at the French Open, Stosur's ranking has rocketed to a new high of No.18 and she now has her sights set on cracking the top 10.
Stosur took a week off after Roland Garros before hitting the grasscourts of Eastbourne on Monday for the WTA event there.
Unfortunately, she was unable to build on her French Open success and lost her second-round match 6-1 5-7 6-1 against Danish sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki.

OZTENNIS
Jun 18th, 2009, 06:20 AM
It kind of annoys me that Sam keeps going back to Taylor.

He is the Australian Fed Cup Captain AND the head coach at the Australian Institute of Sport.
How can he also be Stosur's personal coach?
TA should make him keep up his role with Rogowska, Holland et al and help Stosur find a different coach.

She seems to have a real problem in holding down a coach

Sharapower
Jun 18th, 2009, 07:06 AM
Why the fcuk does she dump the guy who coached her way to a GS semifinal?
:weirdo:

F-R-E-A-K
Jun 18th, 2009, 07:18 AM
:speakles:



:weirdo:

Daniel K
Jun 18th, 2009, 07:21 AM
:weirdo:

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Jun 18th, 2009, 07:24 AM
:speakles:

AUSBOY
Jun 18th, 2009, 07:24 AM
Why the fcuk does she dump the guy who coached her way to a GS semifinal?
:weirdo:

I'm sure it comes down to money, he probably thought after a semi final appearance at a Grand Slam that he deserved a much bigger paycheque, and Sam clearly didn't think so!

Keadz
Jun 18th, 2009, 07:35 AM
Well they are both good coaches. But Sam really needs to learn how to keep a coach:lol:

As long as the results keep coming, it doesn't bother me.

Sharapower
Jun 18th, 2009, 07:38 AM
I'm sure it comes down to money, he probably thought after a semi final appearance at a Grand Slam that he deserved a much bigger paycheque, and Sam clearly didn't think so!

Possibly...
That's still dumb of her, though. Everything has a cost. Plus such a disruption right before entering a major is never something good. I would bet he didn't ask for 50% of her gains.

muzzy
Jun 18th, 2009, 07:55 AM
Why the fcuk does she dump the guy who coached her way to a GS semifinal?

yeh and go back to old coach who hasnt really done anything
spose if you end up not liking someone you arent going to keep them

DutchieGirl
Jun 18th, 2009, 07:58 AM
Possibly...
That's still dumb of her, though. Everything has a cost. Plus such a disruption right before entering a major is never something good. I would bet he didn't ask for 50% of her gains.
But she's worked with Taylor before, so it's perhaps not such a big disruption for her.

Sharapower
Jun 18th, 2009, 08:03 AM
But she's worked with Taylor before, so it's perhaps not such a big disruption for her.
Well, we all know how tennis players are dependent on little routines. Small things affect the concentration and quite often it traduces in a big effect on the scoreboard. Anyway, let's hope she knows what she's doing.

HybridTheory
Jun 18th, 2009, 08:06 AM
It seems like a strage decision, but there might be things we don't know about.
Sam should do what is best for her.

DutchieGirl
Jun 18th, 2009, 08:09 AM
Well, we all know how tennis players are dependent on little routines. Small things affect the concentration and quite often it traduces in a big effect on the scoreboard. Anyway, let's hope she knows what she's doing.
Yes, but my point is, if she's worked with him before, she knows how he works - and how they work together, so it's not like she's completely starting with someone new, so hopefully it's not SUCH a big disruption. ;)

ElusiveChanteuse
Jun 18th, 2009, 08:14 AM
:spit:

eck
Jun 18th, 2009, 08:18 AM
Career suicide? :o
Hope not :tape:

Pasta-Na
Jun 18th, 2009, 08:36 AM
what r u doing, sammy? :o

Langers
Jun 18th, 2009, 09:01 AM
Why the fcuk does she dump the guy who coached her way to a GS semifinal?
:weirdo:
Read the article, not fair for us to sit here and bag her when she's obviously got her reasons.

Good luck Sam.

Szczecin
Jun 18th, 2009, 10:52 AM
David Taylor is an awesome coach...


He took Molik to the Top ten and Ivanovic to Grand Slam Glory...


Sam has been working in conjunction with Taylor for this year anyway... just not as an "official coach" due to Taylors AIS commitments...

timafi
Jun 18th, 2009, 10:55 AM
:speakles:

Ciarán
Jun 18th, 2009, 11:18 AM
Sam :weirdo:

Dandy_Warhol
Jun 18th, 2009, 12:45 PM
wait what? i don't get this f*ckery....must be some money issue :confused:

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 18th, 2009, 12:55 PM
Taylor is the same coach that had Stosur looking like a fool with her net awareness and approaches when she happens to be a top 10 doubles player.

Rene Moller actually had her all court game working correctly.
With all the spin on her forehand, she should have been a better player on clay.
Rene would have continued to have that game work on grass.
Rene would have continued to make her backhand stronger.
She's never going to be the greatest mover but he was working on most of her weaknesses.

In my opinion, she's really fucked up her chance to be a top 10 player this year.

HOS
Jun 18th, 2009, 11:08 PM
Seems weird that she has gone through a heap of coaches after relatively short stints where the results have been good....Gigi and now Rene - neither with explanations...hmmmm

Dave T is a great coach btw- hope they do well together!

gmokb
Jun 18th, 2009, 11:12 PM
Wow, so many players dumping their coaches since the FO. I wonder who is next.

cas-per
Jun 18th, 2009, 11:26 PM
David Taylor is an awesome coach...


He took Molik to the Top ten and Ivanovic to Grand Slam Glory...



Ana worked with adidas team.

DiscoStick
Jun 18th, 2009, 11:30 PM
:weirdo:

rada
Jun 19th, 2009, 12:06 AM
Well lets see how she goes.