“Best in World”: Garbine Muguruza Lauds Coach Conchita Martinez for Receiving a Special WTA Honor

Published 12/13/2021, 11:53 AM EST
Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Panamerican Tennis Center, Guadalajara, Mexico – November 17, 2021 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza is congratulated after winning her final match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit REUTERS/Carlos Perez Gallardo


In a career that’s about to hit a decade, Spanish tennis player Garbine Muguruza added significant accolades to her name and proved to be one of the toughest opponents to beat on a tennis court this year. The two-time Grand Slam champion, who bounced back to form last year, has won the year-end championships at Guadalajara and closed this year on a high.

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Muguruza’s game is equipped with strong baseline strokes and she needed a coach/mentor to guide her through critical situations on-court. That’s where former legendary Spanish player Conchita Martinez came in to help Muguruza.

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Garbine Muguruza posts congratulatory message for coach Conchita Martinez

Martinez, who was the first woman player from Spain to win Wimbledon, joined team Muguruza early last year and has been successful in maintaining a healthy player-coach relationship.

For their success this year on tour, Conchita Martinez was voted as the WTA Coach of the year. The members present on the WTA Coach program decide the winner and one can see that Martinez clearly deserves the award.

Muguruza took to Twitter to congratulate her coach on the achievement.

Congratulations @conchitamartinz! Sooo deserved. The best of the year in a predominantly male world. Hopefully we will see more female trainers in the #WTATour soon. Congrats #Conchi .The best in world dominated by men. Looking forward to more female coaches on @WTA Tour.

(Quotes translated using Google Translate)

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Conchita was part of Muguruza’s team during 2017 Wimbledon

Previously, the duo teamed up four years ago, when Muguruza clinched her first-ever Wimbledon title after defeating Venus Williams in straight sets in the final.

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During their run this year on the WTA tour, Muguruza-Martinez managed to win three titles. The first one came up at the Dubai Duty Free Championships, which was followed by title victory in Chicago. Finally, Muguruza proved that she can outsmart the best by winning the WTA Finals in Mexico.

Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Panamerican Tennis Center, Guadalajara, Mexico – November 14, 2021 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza celebrates after winning her group stage match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit REUTERS/Henry Romero

Martinez was also inducted to the Hall of Fame last year. In a staggering career that witnessed success at the highest level, it’s incredible to see Conchita Martinez enjoy her run as a coach to Muguruza and being victorious at the same time.

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The duo will return to action at the Australian tennis summer in January next year.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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