But after spending the late summer and fall testing out some options, the 26-year-old from Vancouver has made his choice.
In 2018 and in the preparation leading up to the new season, he’ll work with two coaches who operate as a tightly-knit unit: Dirk Hordorff and Rainer Schuettler.
Pospisil spent last year’s offseason and the first part of 2017 with Aussie doubles legend Mark Woodforde.
But that one really didn’t work out even if began with a bang, as Pospisil upset then No. 1 Andy Murray at Indian Wells in March.
After the split during a series of Challenger events in Asia in May, Pospisil immediately won a $150,000 Challenger in South Korea. But the rest of the season lurched along in fits and starts, with his reoccurring back issues often surfacing at just the wrong times.
Experience and Tour knowledge combine
Hordorff, best known in recent years as the coach of Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic, has always coached other players. He worked with Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu for a decade.
But his longest coaching relationship was with Schuettler.
Through 20 years together, Schuettler reached a career high of No. 4 in singles back in 2004. He was a surprise finalist at the Australian Open in 2003.
Now – much in the way former Raonic coach Ricardo Piatti and longtime former pupil Ivan Ljubicic worked together – they are a team.
The two combined to coach Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis from 2014-16.
(Purely coincidentally, Berankis is nearly exactly the same age as Pospisil – two days older, born June 21, 1990).
Hordorff, 56, also is vice-president for High Performance Sport at the German Tennis Federation.
Good candidates, tough call
Pospisil also considered another combination. Jan de Witt and Jan Vacek, both from the Germany-based BreakPoint Academy, were with him in New York at the US Open.
DeWitt has coached many players, notably including both Gilles Simon and Gaël Monfils. Vacek (imagine this tandem: Vasek and Vacek), a giant of a man, played on the ATP Tour for a decade and reached a career high of No. 61.
In the end, the Canadian liked what the Hordorff-Schuettler team had to say.
The pair will be the anchors as Pospisil rebuilds a solid team around him, and works to get his mojo back and get back to winning on court.
Currently ranked No. 109, Pospisil likely will have to play the qualifying at the Australian Open in January. He will begin his season at Hopman Cup in Perth, teamed up with Bouchard.