On Wednesday, the BBC reported that Johanna Konta will no longer be coached by Wim Fissette, who had only been with the British tennis star for less than a year. This, along with a nagging foot injury, has led the 26-year-old to believe that it’s best she sit out for the rest of the 2017 season.
“Wim Fissette and I have mutually decided to end our working relationship,” she told the BBC. “Things ended very amicably and I wish Wim all the best. We’ve achieved a lot together and I want to thank him for all his patience, hard work and expertise.”
Fissette hails from Belgium and he’s coached players like Kim Clijsters, Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka before he started working with Konta in 2017. Since then, he’s helped Konta win the Miami Open—the biggest victory of her career—and reach the Wimbledon semifinals. The Brit soon reached No. 4 in the world after achieving those results.
However, Konta’s season quickly went downhill after its the climax. She’s only won two matches since Wimbledon and she’s lost all of her last five matches. Konta did not qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore this month and she has chosen to sit out of the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China.
“Both are amazing events and I will really miss being part of them but I want to make sure I am fully fit to start preparations for what I hope will be an exciting 2018 season,” she said.
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Even though Fissette is gone, Konta will continue to work with the rest of her team—hitting partner Andrew Fitzpatrick, strength and conditioning specialist Gill Myburgh, physio Milly Mirkovic and mental coach Elena Sosa—as she looks for a replacement coach.