Wawrinka, Konta split with coaches ahead of Roland Garros

Wawrinka, Konta split with coaches ahead of Roland Garros

The former Top 5 players appear to be heading into the clay-court major without a coach. Meanwhile, David Ferrer will be accompanying Alexander Zverev to Paris.

Stan Wawrinka appears to be going into the French Open with no coach following his split with Magnus Norman.

The 35-year-old from Switzerland announced that he has stopped working with Norman, who joined his team in 2013 and helped him win three Grand Slam events. The pair also stopped temporarily in 2017, reuniting in 2018 following Wawrinka's double knee surgery.

A statement from Wawrinka on social media said, "We have had a amazingly strong, enjoyable and hugely successful partnership. We reached the height of this sport together and I want to thank him for helping me win everything that I could ever dreamt of winning."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thank you ! After 8 great years together @swedennorman and I have decided to part ways by mutual consent. We have had a amazingly strong, enjoyable and hugely successful partnership. We reached the height of this sport together and I want to thank him for helping me win everything that I could ever dreamt of winning. He’s been a great coach, friend and mentor and will always be a dear friend. I want to publicly thank him for all his hard work dedication and commitment in making me a better player over the years. Winning 3 grand slams has been a life changing experience for me and I could not have done that without him. Wishing him all the best in his next chapter in his life ! ❤️????????

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There was no announcement of a new coach. The No. 17 has chosen a slower return to tour, staying in Europe and playing two clay Challengers instead of the US Open. Wawrinka won in Prague and withdrew partway through his next event, then most recently fell in the first round of Rome to Italian teen Lorenzo Musetti, who reached the third round.

Johanna Konta will also not have a coach at the French Open, saying she has split with Thomas Hogstedt following a three-week trial on hard courts.

"It wasn’t something that worked for me really or for either of us," Konta told British press during Rome, where she reached the third round. "We didn’t feel that it was gonna be a good fit."

The 29-year-old had also split with her previous coach, Dimitri Zavialoff, during the tour hiatus, but said that was not her decision.

"I don’t think I change coaches often," the three-time Grand Slam semifinalist said. "I met with Thomas for three weeks. I didn’t hire him as a coach."

Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev's partnership with David Ferrer has officially begun, with the retired Grand Slam finalist accompanying the German next week at the French Open.

The pair also trained before the hard-court events, which was followed by Zverev reaching the final of the US Open.

Zverev is No. 7 in the rankings.