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Caroline Garcia parts with father as coach, hires Gabriel Urpi
Former world No. 4 Caroline Garcia revealed her father would no longer serve as her coach, opting to train out of the Rafael Nadal Academy with new coach Gabriel Urpi.
Published May 05, 2021
Caroline Garcia has announced 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.
Garcia, who has been working with Louis-Paul since she began playing tennis, told L'Equipe she is now training at the Rafael Nadal Academy with veteran WTA coach Gabriel Urpi and her own physiotherapist. The arrangement is through the French Open.
"It was my decision," she told the newspaper. "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 seven career titles, including back-to-back wins at Wuhan and Beijing in 2017, and reached a career-high ranking of No. 4. But she has rarely won two matches in a row since 2019, which she said affected her decision.
Garcia notes that her setup is still familiar—she has trained at the Nadal's academy since 2019 and knows her new coach through the French Billie Jean King Cup (formerly Fed 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 No.53 in the rankings.