Unexpected Tennis Move Sees Jessica Pegula’s Ex-Coach Ending Up in Maria Sakkari’s Camp

Published 03/02/2024, 7:56 PM EST

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Greek WTA star Maria Sakkari has announced her new coach in her professional tennis endeavor. The new coach, David Witt, was once the mentor of America’s rising star in tennis, Jessica Pegula. He once helped the former number-one tennis player Venus Williams with her guidance as well.

David Witt was coaching America’s Jessica Pegula for a while. However, this partnership came to an end three weeks after Pegula’s exit from the season’s debut Grand Slam tournament. Sakkari’s decision has not just stunned Pegula’s fans, but Witt was also surprised. After Jessica Pegula’s exit, David Witt is now gearing up to work with Greece’s Maria Sakkari and help her reach the top of professional tennis.

David Witt: new coach for Maria Sakkari


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A reliable tennis source shared on Reddit that Pegula’s former coach, Witt, will be joining Maria Sakkari as her new coach. Sharing this news, the Reddit user wrote, “Maria Sakkari: David Witt (former coach of Pegula) will be her new coach.” Before Witt, Sakkari was under Tom Hill’s guidance for six years. However, now that Greek media source Gazzetta has also confirmed David Witt and Maria Sakkari’s partnership, it looks like the information is reliable.

Maria Sakkari: David Witt (former coach of Pegula) will be her new coach
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Sakkari’s fans hope that the presence of this 51-year-old brilliant coach will help her reach higher WTA rankings. This is because David Witt was truly remarkable for Jessica Pegula, as he helped Pegula reach the top five in tennis. Not just this, but the American tennis star’s last three years with David Witt proved incredibly remarkable.


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While many think that Pegula’s exit from the Australian Open’s second round triggered this decision, David Witt confirmed that he never saw it coming.

The new coach spilled the beans about his fallout with Jessica Pegula

After Jessica Pegula’s decision, David Witt gave a public statement, showing his complete surprise at the fact. Witt said, “It was a total surprise to me, Never saw it coming. We’ve had a great friendship for five years, so it’s very tough, I really value my relationship with my player just as much as I love coaching. It’s a tough business. I’ve been pretty lucky that I’ve only been with two players the last 15 years.” Witt’s statement confirmed that he truly was startled by the decision. However, those days are gone in the past now.


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David Witt and Maria Sakkari are a team now. Following Witt’s incredible mentorship, fans expect this duo to show unbelievable tennis skills. So, are you ready for Maria Sakkari and David Witt’s new partnership?


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Upasana Banerjee


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Upasana Banerjee is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Specializing in major trends within the tennis world, Upasana's keen eye captures newsworthy moments in the world of sports. Her adept information mining makes her a go-to source for insights into players' lives.
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Shivali Nathta