The Coaching Carousel Continues
The last couple of months have given us yet more changes in the coaching carousel.
There’s been three high profile changes since the US Open. Let’s begin with Sloane Stephens. She announced before the US Open that she would be returning to her old coach Kamau Murray. Apparently, she had posted the update on Twitter before Kamau Murray’s other pupil Monica Puig had a chance to hear about this coaching change from Kamau himself. Let’s just say it this coaching change turned out to be a bit dramatic. Unfortunately, for either Puig or Stephens they were quickly discarded in the early going of the US Open. So Kamau Murray or no Kamau Murray, it made no difference.
Now to the happy coaching change that everyone has been talking about. Simona Halep and Darren Cahill announced that they would work together again, starting at the WTA Finals. As everyone can recall, Cahill coached Simona to her first Grand Slam and two consecutive years as year-end number one. Cahill announced at the end of 2018 that he wanted to take a break to spend more time with his family. However, he’s back, and this partnership will only be stronger in 2020. They seem to work very well together, so look out for Simona in 2020. She’ll be looking to win the French Open and defend her Wimbledon title.
Finally, we have Kristina Mladenovic who has now parted ways with Sascha Bajin. Bajin is the one that left this relationship to move on to other things, and people suspect he’s going to be coaching Kerber. Time will tell. What we did see is that Mladenovic, who wanted to get back to top form in singles unfortunately did not post the results she was looking for. She did make the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup, but I have a feeling that Bajin wants to coach top 10 singles players. No offense to Mladenovic, she’s still the number one doubles in the world, and will probably continue to be so with her partnership with Babos.