Kenin drops dad as coach ahead of French Open


Sofia Kenin not will likely be coached by her father, saying simply weeks earlier than the French Open she is “placing collectively a brand new technical crew.”

Kenin, the Australian Open champion and French Open runner-up in 2020, wrote in regards to the swap on Instagram on Friday.

The submit included a photograph of Kenin and her dad, Alex, posing with the Australian Open trophy final yr.

“I wished to let everybody know that after a few years collectively I’ve determined to half methods with my father as my coach. This was not a straightforward choice for me as we shared many nice moments collectively and had loads of success,” Kenin stated. “I will likely be eternally grateful for my dad’s sacrifice and contributions in the direction of getting me to the place I’m in the present day.”

The 22-year-old American is No. 4 within the WTA rankings.

Her father has been a relentless presence at Kenin’s aspect on tour and within the stands, typically warned by chair umpires for teaching throughout matches, which is not allowed at main tournaments. That occurred in the course of the fourth spherical of final yr’s French Open, when Alex Kenin additionally switched seats and plopped himself down proper subsequent to the coach of Sofia’s opponent (a lot for social distancing amid a pandemic).

A couple of decade earlier than Kenin was born, her mother and father moved from Moscow to New York Metropolis. Alex took English courses and went to pc faculty in the course of the day; he drove for a automotive service at evening. Then, simply earlier than their daughter was born, the household returned to Russia. Later, they went again to New York and finally settled in Florida, which Kenin nonetheless calls house.

She had been so far as the fourth spherical solely as soon as at any Grand Slam event earlier than accumulating her first main championship in Australia final yr. That was adopted with a run to the ultimate at Roland Garros in October earlier than shedding to Polish teenager Iga Swiatek.

Kenin has been going via a slower begin to 2021, with a file of simply 7-7 heading into the Italian Open subsequent week on purple clay. The French Open begins Might 30.

In her first Grand Slam look because the defending champion, she misplaced in straight units to Kaia Kanepi within the second spherical at Melbourne Park in February.

That started a stretch wherein Kenin has misplaced 5 of her six most up-to-date matches.

“I’m excited for what the long run holds and stay up for placing collectively a brand new technical crew within the coming weeks forward,” Kenin wrote Friday. “I am unable to wait to get again on the court docket subsequent week in Rome.”


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