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2020 French Open champ Iga Swiatek splits from long-time coach | Tennis News

Iga Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, introduced Saturday that she is splitting from coach Piotr Sierzputowski after practically six years working collectively.

“This change is really challenging for me and this decision wasn’t easy, either,” Swiatek wrote in a put up on Instagram that was accompanied by a photograph of the pair touching index fingers throughout a break in a match.

Swiatek, who’s from Poland, employed Sierzputowski as her coach in January 2016, when she was 15 and nonetheless enjoying in junior tournaments.

Now 20, she has received a Grand Slam championship and reached a career excessive of No. 4 within the WTA rankings.

“I would like to thank you Coach for everything that you did for me. We gave each other so much and I hope that we’ll continue to grow and develop with this experience we’ve gained together,” Swiatek wrote. “I owe you a lot and truly appreciate the time we’ve spent together. All those years enabled us to be in the place that we are now.”

Swiatek didn’t say who her new coach could be.

She went 36-15 with two tour titles in 2021, ending No. 9 within the rankings. Her title protection at Roland Garros ended within the quarterfinals; she lost within the fourth spherical at every of the opposite three majors this year.

“As tennis players we meet on our path a lot of people who contribute great value into our work and, often, into our life too, because we spend almost the whole year on tour together,” Swiatek stated. “I found out that sometimes in our professional life we need changes to develop more, evolve and meet other people with whom we’re going to create a cooperation for the next stages of our development.”

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