“A new chapter”: kerber parts ways with coach beltz

After her disappointing season and fall from the top 20 in the world rankings, angelique kerber has parted ways with her longtime coach torben beltz.

"It was a tough decision, but i’m about to start a new chapter in my career with a new coach," kerber wrote on twitter. For the hoped-for way out of her sporting crisis, the 29-year-old tennis player from kiel relies on the belgian coach wim fissette, who already coached the former world-class player kim clijsters, the current number one simona halep or ex-wimbledon finalist sabine lisicki.

"It’s a new opportunity and i’m excited to find out what we can achieve together," said kerber. After winning the grand slam at the australian open and the US open the previous year, kerber did not win another tournament in 2017, suffered 24 defeats in 29 victories and slipped from number one to 21 in the world rankings.

Already a few days ago, she had announced a new start for the coming season and "new ways" in an open letter to her fans. "It’s also these important experiences, the professional jolts, where you learn a lot about yourself," kerber said. In the past year, she had "made a big step forward". In her life, not only the world ranking list was the mabstab. "One’s own value as a person should not be defined by professional success, but should be independent of it."

After a vacation in the seychelles, she is now looking forward to the start of her collaboration with fissette, kerber emphasized. The first tournament under the new coach will be the hopman cup in perth in early january, where kerber will compete with alexander zverev.

The 37-year-old fissette is no stranger to tennis. In 2009, he led his childhood friend kim clijsters to the US open title in a completely surprising move. In 2013, berlin’s sabine lisicki also owed her final appearance at wimbledon to the belgian. "He has proven many times how good he is as a coach and i am excited to see what we can achieve together," kerber said.

Simona halep from rumania and johanna konta from britain have already put their trust in fissette’s skills. This one speaks german fondly, has lived for a long time in rodinghausen in north rhine-westphalia, and also played there for the local TC. Fissette is looking forward to the task with kerber: "I was often on the other coach’s bench in the last couple of years and was able to follow her path very well. I am absolutely convinced of your qualities and I am glad to be by your side in the future."

As a trainer, he is known as a sharp analyst who also speaks uncomfortable truths – possibly just the right man for kerber, who thanked beltz in emotional words. "We share the best memories of my career so far and you were not only a coach but also a true friend. This will not change."

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