Kinda Like the Thread in Men Tennis Fourm. In this Thread we keep updates on Players changes & hiring new coaches through the Seasons.
Danish Michael Mortensen, who as a coach won the French Open with Li Na, replaces Thomas Högstedt as Wozniacki's new coach
Danish Michael Mortensen flying Monday to Dubai to replace fired Thomas Högstedt as Caroline Wozniacki's coach. He has so far made an appointment for the next four tournaments in Qatar, Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami.
As in tennis bag, he has a grand slam, a longstanding, close relationship with the family and a few clear messages to his new pupil:
- Caroline must make up their minds which way she will go in as a player. It is important that she gets some thoughts about it so we can work in the same direction.
- Then there also used to be good stuff, that's for sure, says Michael Mortensen, among other things Ekstra Bladet.
Michael Mortensen won as coach the French Open in 2011 as coach of Li Na, and it was not least that he got to grips with kineserens mental habitus. He was short, banquet faith and joy back into her.
- He has a very positive attitude to both the game and the training, and he has a good way of saying things. He is passionate about the sport and I like that. It is very motivating, says Caroline Wozniacki.
Read much more about the dramatic backdrop of the sacking of Högstedt and the appointment of Michael Mortensen, Ekstra Bladet Thursday.
Michael Mortensen is Caro's new coach. Translation of @johasger article in Ekstra-Bladet: All cards must be put on the table, so we speak the same language and ensure that we think the same way about Caroline's future development.
She also has to figure out in what direction she wants to go as a player. It's important that she think about that so we can pull in the same direction.
Then good things will happen, I'm sure of it.
She needs to get her joy in playing back - both in matches and on the practice court. If you feel good on court, then your game can emerge.
We'll agree on a future strategy (in Dubai) and I'll give my input on what she needs to do so she can get up to the level her game warrants.
A lot has happened with her game, but I'd like to see more of the old Caro. I'd like to see a fusion of the old Caroline with the new Caroline.
From the latest I've seen of her from watching her matches, there have been a lot of flat shots without any pace changes, somethng she earlier was a master at.
She's shouldn't be just another one of the players on the tour who just hit hard. She needs to use more facets. She IS a great strategist.
She needs to get comfortable again with her game. I'd like to see the offensive Caro - which is an important Caro - becomes more selective again.
(Mortensen's turned down several coaching offers) I've been waiting until I found a player I felt was interesting, and for whom I could make a difference.
I've known Caroline since she was 12, and we've worked together at KB (Danish club team). We known each other very well.
At the same time, I've known Piotr for a long time, and we've always worked well together. That's very important. I think we've always understood each other and each other's roles, and I look forward to working together.
Germany’s Sabine Lisicki is once again being coached by Martina Hingis. The two paired up for the Australian Open, but were unsure if they would continue their partnership after Melbourne.
Hingis was coaching Lisicki in Dubai, where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the opening round. Hingis and Lisicki are training together and TENNIS.com has learned they are continuing the partnership on a trial basis.
“I think it's a good connection, because she also understands how it is to be in a situation like this, where some other people might not,” Lisicki said in Dubai.
Andrea Petkovic has decided to part company with coach Petar Popovic after three and a-half years. "I’ve had a very good time with Petar. I learned a lot from him and we will stay in close contact as friends“, says Petkovic. "But I have come to a stage in my career where I need new inspirations and challenges in order to improve my tennis.“ Under Popovic, Petkovic reached her all-time career-high ranking in October 2011, when she became world’s no. 9. In the same year she played three of the four Grand-Slam-Quarterfinals and won the WTA-Tournament of Strasbourg.
While Popovic returns to the ATP-Tour, working with croatian player Ivo Karlovic, Petkovic is testing cooperation with Dutch coach Eric van Harpen. "After such a short period of time it is too early to say how far this will go“, Petkovic explains. "But I am sure, Eric can offer his knowledge and experience to help me develop as a player. I want to work with my coach for the long term and know that switching coaches regularly can have a negative effect. I need some time to get used to the situation now.“ Van Harpen has previously coached Arantxa Sanchez, Conchita Martinez and Anna Kournikova.
Recovering from a minor injury to his right wrist and it aims to return to the court under the tutelage of a new coach.
Recovering from a minor injury to his right wrist and it aims to return to the court under the tutelage of a new coach.
Monica Puig Marchan has not lost one iota of his usual positivity.
A slight wrist injury keeps her away from the courts , but the player of 20 years has learned to see the positive side to everything .
The enforced rest has helped him to regroup forces , and even to give a new boost to a career in professional tennis is just beginning .
Puig takes a week at his home in Miami , Florida, where he is recovering from inflammation in his right wrist. Wait resume training next Monday , and will hand a new coach.
"As a professional tennis player, I have to make the decision to take a step back , relax and recover well because the season is starting . The year is going to be more loaded yet , so I have to take care , "shared Puig in telephone conversation with Primera Hora from his home in Miami.
" The most important thing is my health. It's nothing serious, but I have to take appropriate measures to keep the sport healthy decisions. "
Puig confirmed this means that once you return to the court next Monday , it will ward of the Portuguese Antonio van Grichen . The new coach will replace the Belgian Alain de Vos , who worked with the Puerto Rican since 2008.
The tennis player , who currently occupies the 56th position in the ranking of the Women's Tennis Association ( WTA , for its acronym in English ) , emphasized that the departure of De Vos was the result of a mutual decision .
"It was a very difficult decision. Alain and I felt it was time to change. That happens in any professional relationship , you feel you've reached the top of the relationship and you need to move on , "said Puig.
"We had to keep improving : he as a coach and as a player. He has done a lot for my game. Took to be number two in the world and 44 in the junior world WTA . He has done a phenomenal job , "he added .
Puig now goes to work with Van Grichen , a technician who has experience in the WTA . Despite his young age (36 years) , the Portuguese has worked with a variety of players in the circuit, including Victoria Azarenka , whom he coached for five years. Azarenka is the current world number two and reached the top of the ladder in 2012.
"I am very happy to have a coach who has much experience in the WTA . I'm glad I made that decision, and he has been available at this time of year. I'm ready to start working hard , the year is starting , "said Puig.
Van Grichen Puig and work the next two months as a trial period and then determine whether formalize their relationship.
When Puig return to the court on Monday , will do so with a "refreshed " mind.
Has not been an easy start to the year for the Puerto Rican , who had 1-3 record in their first four games of 2014. Their three losses were against teams higher ranking position , and his only victory came in the first round of the Australian Open .
To make matters worse , after this beginning came the injury, which forced him to cancel his participation in tournaments in Doha and Dubai . Puig agrees that , at first, was a little disappointing .
" It's been a rather difficult months , with many things happening, so many thoughts . But now, at home with family , I feel more refreshed in the mind. And knowing that I will have a new coach, give me more desire to go back to the field and start improving things in my game that need improvement . "
As he explained, will spend the next week training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton , Florida. Lucky for him though , the Puerto Rican will not have many points to defend during this period , so that its position in the ranks of the WTA will not be greatly affected .
To narrow your return to the official competition, Puig has his eye on the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells , California. The tournament is scheduled to begin March 6 .
"I have enough time to prepare and return to play at a high level ," said Puig , convinced that this little break and coaching change will be of great benefit for the rest of the season and beyond.
" I am 20 years, I am still very young . I left many years playing tennis , I want to do is keep improving and fulfill my dreams . "
Tennis - Former world no. 5 Daniela Hantuchova has announced that she has hired Peter Lundgren to be her new coach.
Hantuchova made the announcement on her Twitter feed - Also very happy to announce I'm going to work with Peter Lundgren, who's coached the one and only @rogerfederer and many other great players! ...there is so much I can learn from Peter and i have a lot of respect for what he has done with his players
Besides Federer, Lundgren has also worked with Marcelo Rios, Marat Safin, Marcos Baghdatis, Grigor Dimitrov and Stanislas Wawrinka.
Very happy to announce I'm going to work with Peter Lundgren who has coached the one and only Roger Federer and many other great players! There is so much I can learn from him and i have a lot of respect for what he has done with his players.
Hey! I have some news I would like to share with you.
I stopped working with my coach Maik Schürbesmann. We had been working together for 8 years and I would like to thank him for all his support and help he gave me over the years. But I think it is time for me to try out something new.
I am in Indian Wells right now preparing for the tournament. Here with me is Nic Marschand, who will be helping me in Indian Wells and Miami.
Talk to you soon, Mona.
Laura Robson has appointed a new coach, once again, and this time she has gone for a man with experience of the British tennis scene.
Mauricio Hadad worked with Heather Watson for the two most successful years of her career, helping Watson win a maiden WTA title in Osaka 18 months ago.
While Hadad is both experienced and level-headed, he must know that his new job offers little security. You could make a full football team out of the people who have worked with Robson since 2003 – the year when Jo Durie’s former coach Alan Jones first began to guide this extraordinarily gifted nine-year-old.
In fact, the tenures have been growing shorter and shorter as the expectations on Robson’s shoulders have grown. Zeljko Krajan (appointed in 2012) lasted nine months, Miles Maclagan (2013) four, and the last unconventional deal with Nick Saviano and Jesse Witten barely made it through two.
Perhaps that last bump in the road was unsurprising: Saviano was already working with the Australian Open semi-finalist Genie Bouchard – formerly a close friend of Robson’s who is now on icy terms with her – while Witten returned to the ATP tour earlier this month, losing matches in Ecuador and Indian Wells.
It is to Hadad’s advantage, in the circumstances, that he is a level-headed character who has seen the tour from every angle.
Born in Colombia 42 years ago, he was a solid if unspectacular player who reached a high point of No 78 in the world, and then became a disciple of the legendary Floridian coach Nick Bollettieri. He also spent a short period as the travelling coach of the teenage Maria Sharapova.
With luck, this breadth of experience will help Hadad handle the ups and downs that characterise Robson’s developing career, as well as the extra media interest that comes with her status as British No 1.
He has at least worked with the British No 1 before – even if her name was Watson at the time. If that relationship ran out of steam last year, it was not entirely Hadad’s fault: Watson plummeted down the rankings as a result of the glandular fever that affected her for most of the season, and understandably felt she needed a change of set-up.
This week, Hadad and Robson have been training at Bollettieri’s academy in Bradenton, and it is Robson’s intention to return to action at the Sony Open in Miami in a fortnight’s time.
A nagging wrist injury has prevented her from playing since an unhappy outing against Kirsten Flipkens in January’s Australian Open, when it seemed she was neither fully fit nor properly prepared.
We can only hope that she is ready this time. As an member of the IMG stable, she will naturally be keen to participate in their biggest tournament. But wrist injuries are notoriously difficult to shake off, as the unhappy case of Juan Martín del Potro – who, like Robson, has been affected by pain in both wrists – should make clear.
As for Watson, she is playing in Indian Wells this week and made a terrific start with a 7-5, 6-4 win over the fast-emerging Swiss 16-year-old Belinda Bencic. That result means that she is on a run of 10 consecutive straight-sets victories, if you discount her retirement halfway through a match in Acapulco, where she was suffering from gastric problems.
Watson faced a difficult assignment against Agnieszka Radwanska, the world No 3, in the second round. But her ranking, which, started the week at No 134, should drop under 120 whatever happens.