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Kerber splits with coach Schuttler: Former world No. 1 breaks up with compatriot less than a year into their partnership

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 21 Jul 2019
  • Former world No. 1, Angelique Kerber has ended her coaching partnership with Rainer Schuttler
  • Kerber and Schuttler began working together in November 2018
Angelique Kerber (PA Sport)

Former world No. 1, Angelique Kerber has ended her coaching partnership with Rainer Schuttler, less than a year after they began working together.

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Kerber made the announcement on Social Media on Friday, stating that it “is the right time for a fresh start”

“Moving forward, it’s never easy to change - especially when you work with great people like Rainer”, Kerber said on Twitter. “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”.



The 43-year-old Schuttler reached No. 5 on the ATP rankings, claiming four career titles, and making a solitary Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in 2013.

Kerber and Schuttler joined forces in November 2018, after the three-time Grand Slam champion split with former coach, Wim Fisset. The left-hander did not win any title under Schuttler, with her best results being runner-up finishes at Indian Wells and Eastbourne. Kerber went into Wimbledon as one of the pre-tournament favourites, but her title defence was terminated in the second round by American, Lauren Davis. The German, who is 25-12 for the 2019 season, is now without a title since securing her third Grand Slam triumph at Wimbledon in 2018.

The German becomes the second former world No. 1, and former Wimbledon champion, to end a coaching partnership post-Wimbledon, after Garbine Muguruza announced her split with Sam Sumyk. 

"Rainer understands me a lot more because he played and so he understands what it's like to be alone on court, and how to feel the pressure, and how to make decisions on court," Kerber had said before the French Open.
"They are small details rather than big changes, because at this level you can change two or three percent, and that's it. That's what I'm trying with Rainer, to add that two or three percent."

Kerber has particularly underperformed at the Slams this year, losing heavily to Danielle Collins in the fourth round of the Australian Open, falling to Anastasia Potapova in the opening round at Roland Garros, and exiting Wimbledon in the second round. That could have been a major factor behind the termination of her partnership with Schuttler.

The German is next expected to compete at the Rogers Cup, live from Toronto from 5-11 August.


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