Nishikori joins the coaching change merry go round

Kei Nishikori will mark the start of the 2020 season with a new coach after his October separation from his mentor of nine years.

Asia’s top player who has not competed since the US Open and had a bone spur removed from his elbow. will now work with the Beast of Belarus, Max Mirnyi, the former doubles standout.

Nishikori split with Dante Bottini after a partnership which lasted for almost a decade.

Mirnyi retired in 2018 and is conveniently based not far from the Florida Bollettieri academy where Nishikori makes his home.

Mirnyi, who once ranked 16th in singles and topped the doubles rankings, will come onside with VIP coach Michael Chang, who works on a part-time basis for the team.

Nishikori’s ranking has fallen to 13th after his injury pause.

In other off-season coaching moves, former No. 1 Garbine Muguruza will get back under the tutelage of former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez, who took her to the 2017 trophy at the All England Club before last season’s slump which left the Spaniard on 35th

Swede Fredrik Rosengren (formerly with Brit Kyle Edmund) will guide rising Russian Karen Khachanov on a part-time basis.

WTA No. 2 Karolina Pliskova, winner of  four titles last season has signed up one-time Andy Murray coach Dani Vallverdu, who also worked with Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka.

American teen Amanda Anisimova has signed on for 2020 with former great Justine Henin’s coach Carlos Rodriguez; Sascha Bajin, who took Naomi Osakato both of her Grand Slam titles before a surprise departure, will now coach  Dayana Yastremska of the Ukraine.

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