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Sofia Kenin juggles team, removes father as coach

Field Level Media
09 May 2021, 02:19 GMT+10

World No. 4 Sofia Kenin has shaken up her "technical team," which includes removing her longtime coach -- her father.

The 22-year-old from Florida announced Friday on Instagram she is heading another direction as she fights through a 7-7 season heading into the Italian Open next week.

She lost in the quarterfinals in each of her first two tournaments of the year -- Abu Dhabi and Yarra Valley -- but has advanced past the Round of 32 just once since.

In the Australian Open, where she was the defending champion, she was eliminated by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the second round, 6-3, 6-2.

Her father, Alex Kenin, has been by her side throughout her career.

"I wanted to let everyone know that after many years together I have decided to part ways with my father as my coach. This was not an easy decision for me as we shared many great moments together and had a lot of success," Kenin said. "I will be forever grateful for my dad's sacrifice and contributions towards getting me to where I am today."

The clay-court Italian Open will be a tuneup for the French Open at Roland Garros, which is scheduled to begin May 30. She advanced to the final in Paris in the delayed French Open last fall, losing 6-4, 6-1 to Polish teen Iga Swiatek.

She has five career singles titles.

"I am excited for what the future holds and look forward to putting together a new technical team in the coming weeks ahead," Kenin wrote on social media. "I can't wait to get back on the court next week in Rome."

Earlier this week, Caroline Garcia of France split with her coach - also her father, Louis-Paul Garcia. The 27-year-old pro has seven career titles but none since 2019. Once ranked No. 4 in the world, she has slipped to 53.

--Field Level Media

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