Kerber sacks coach Schuettler on rebound of Wimbledon 2nd round loss
Kerber lost in Wimbledon 2019 second round
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2018 champion Angelique Kerber’s second-round Wimbledon exit this month may have been the last straw, with the former No. 1 dumping coach Rainer Schuettler.
The ex-ATP player who also dabbles in tournament management with Ion Tiriac and plays a role in the Geneva pre-French Open ATP event, was given his marching orders after Kerber apparently began pondering her All England Club loss three weeks ago to qualifying lucky loser Lauren Davis.
Schuettler, 43, played the 2003 Australian Open final and reached the Wimbledon semis 11 years ago.
But past results do not reflect current progress for Kerber, as the 31-year-old treble Grand Slam winner now ranked 13th gave her new mentor the boot.,
Kerber’s upset loss to Davis was the German’s worst Wimbledon showing in half a decade.
“Moving forward, it’s never easy to change – especially when you work with great people like Rainer,” Kerber tweeted.
“But for now, we’ve decided that it’s the right time for a fresh start. He has become a friend and I‘m thankful for his hard work & dedication in the last months.
Kerber’s poor 2019 run was not limited just to Wimbledon; she also lost in the Roland Garros first round after reaching the 2018 quarters
Kerber’s ranking has been on the slide since the start in Paris, going from the WTA fifth position straight out of the Top 10 by last weekend’s Wimbledon final won by Simona Halep over Serena Williams.
Schuettler joined Team Angie in late 2018 after she sacked Belgian Wim Fissette.
Kerber’s best showing in 2019 was an Indian Wells final, losing to Canadian wild card Bianca Andreescu, who also defeated her a week later in the Miami second round.
Kerber played an Eastbourne grass final, losing to Karolina Pliskova.
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online