In a move clearly designed to turn around her current slump (multiple 3rd losses at Wimbledon, two first round exists at marquee tennis events), World #1 Caroline Wozniacki will remove her dad from her coaching corner ahead of the last major of the year, the US Open. The decision appears to be mutual and having watched quite a few of Wozniacki’s matches, you can tell that Piotr is a dad first and then a coach; it’s all about the little things — the way he looks at her, comforts her and “plays with her” as he battles nerves on the sidelines while she’s on the court. Many athletes have had their parents calling shots in their career and
many points in time with varying degrees of success:
Serena and Venus, Martina Hingis, Michelle Kwan, Jan-Michael Gambill, Surya Bonaly.While Wozniacki has been consistent to get the #1 ranking, she will not earn the respect of the sport until she wins at least one of it’s coveted prizes, a Grand Slam title. To do that she will need to develop a flatter forehand, get more pop on her serve and end the point on her authority rather than waiting for her opponent to crack.
Credit to her dad for helping his little girl achieve fame and fortune in sport. Getting to the semis in Australia ’11, and the semis and final for US Open ’10 and ’11 proves that Wozniacki knows how to weather through tough matches. However, if Caroline wants to win a slam and silence her critics, she has to commit to the overhaul required to tweak her game and that may take time. Ask figure skating phenom Mao Asada, 2010 Olympic Silver Medallist and 2 time World Champion – rebuilding her technique is a multi-year process that will take retraining and time. For Caroline, I’d hate to see her go through the mess Ana Ivanovic has gone through with rapid coaching changes, peaks and lows following her stint as #1 – however Ana had made multiple grand slam finals before finally winning her first crown. Piotr should have no problem making the transition from “40-love” to love for his daughter and supporting her as she aims to earn a place among the greats in the sport. I also believe the decision was amicable. The question is, how bad does Caroline Wozniacki want to put in the work to turn around her forturnes and win her first grand slam title?
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