When the tennis world descends upon Wimbledon, there are going to be several new coach-player pairings to look out for.
And on the women’s side, it’s truly a game of musical chairs.
Just weeks after Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit announced she was moving from Glenn Schaap to a three-month trial with Brit Nigel Sears, Schaap already has a new gig.
Tennis.Life has learned that the 50-year-old from the Netherlands, who also has worked with top-five players Dinara Safina, Nadia Petrova and Jelena Dokic during his career, has joined Team Jelena Ostapenko on a trial basis.
And, after Ostapenko ended things with another veteran coach, Aussie David Taylor, Taylor moved on to American Madison Keys.
There had been talk a few weeks ago that this would happen, never officially confirmed. but the Taylor-Keys pairing is reportedly already in London and practicing in preparation for Wimbledon.
After a long run with Samantha Stosur, Taylor worked with Naomi Osaka last year.
Not a secure gig
Ostapenko won the French Open last year but was shocked in the first round this time around. She has yet to settle on a solid, permanent coaching situation in her young career even if her mother, who is a tennis coach, is always on hand.
Taylor joined Team ‘Penko in Australia. But he didn’t last four months.
A year ago, Anabel Medina Garrigues was on board as the Latvian took Paris, but she didn’t return in 2018.
New coach for Sock
Keys and Ostapenko are not the only ones who will have a new voice in their ear at the third Grand Slam of the season.
American Jack Sock, who wrapped up 2017 in such impressive fashion but who has struggled to an incredible degree in 2018, also has a new consultant, is on board.
Mark Knowles, who joined Team Raonic last year at this time, after Raonic parted ways with Richard Krajicek, is on board.
Sock took late entry into Eastbourne this week. And with wild cards already attributed to Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, he’s the top seed in the qualifying.
Sock had long worked with Troy Hahn and, recently, with former USTA head of men’s tennis Jay Berger.
But Berger has a new gig at a club in Florida, and the 25-year-old American has been scrambling a bit on that end.
Surprisingly, it’s not an unusual time of the season for coaching changes to happen.
Meanwhile, Canadian Genie Bouchard, whose own coaching situation has been rather rambunctious the last few years, should have veteran sage Robert Lansdorp with her as she plays her first-ever Wimbledon qualifying next week.
Lansdorp, 80, has been with Bouchard in Europe through practice at the Mouratoglou Academy, through to her attempt to qualify at the WTA event in Birmingham last weekend.