Schuettler jumps ship for the WTA

It’s not that often that a coach successfully leaves the ATP side for the WTA.

Darren Cahill comes to mind.

But former top-5 player Rainer Schuettler has done just that.

The 42-year-old German worked with Canadian Vasek Pospisil in 2018. But after the best female player in his country, Angelique Kerber, came calling, he has made the leap.

(He really doesn’t know what he’s in for, does he?)

Pospisil worked both with Schuettler and Schuettler’s former coach Dirk Hordorff, who collaborate as a team

At last word, Hordorff is still on board with Pospisil for 2019. 

Stich out as Hamburg tournament director

Germany’s Michael Stich and his partners took over in Hamburg right after the event, formerly a Masters 1000, was downgraded and moved to July from May.

But this year’s trophy ceremony was Stich’s last.

He is being replaced by Peter-Michael Reichel, 65, whose company has interest in several WTA events.

Stich was emotional during the trophy ceremony.

Reichel has plans. He wants a WTA event to expand Hamburg to two weeks (and he’s on the WTA Board). He’ll consider relocating if the city doesn’t pony up. He won’t even rule out changing the surface to hard courts.