“Will Figure That Out Soon”: Bianca Andreescu Vows to Find a New Coach After Wimbledon Championships 2021 Exit

Published 06/30/2021, 9:00 PM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 16, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in action during her round of 16 match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Annegret Hilse


Injury-plagued Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu opened up on coming into Wimbledon without a coach.

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Andreescu crashed out of All England in the opening round on Wednesday after losing to in-form Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

Speaking to reporters after her 6-2, 6-1 loss, the Canadian said she will soon sit with her team and figure out a way to link up with a new coach at the earliest.

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She added that the loss at All England has taught her harsh lesson on how it wasn’t ideal to be coming into a Grand Slam without a full-time coach.

“Going to have a good talk with my team”: Bianca Andreescu

“Definitely going to have a good talk with my team tonight to figure a lot of stuff out. At least I know now, I guess, how it is to not have a coach a little bit. But, yeah, I will figure that out soon,” Andreescu said.

The Canadian split with longtime coach Sylvain Bruneau after she was sent packing in the opening round at Roland-Garros by Slovenian Tamara Zidansek.

It was seen a shake-up in personnel in the wake of a continuing poor run since her run to the Miami final this year.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain – June 23, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Vanessa Andreescu in action during her quarter-final match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Andreescu split with coach Sylvain Bruneau after Roland-Garros loss

Bruneau had worked with her for four years and coached her to a breakthrough 2019 season when she won three titles, including the US Open.

However, it was towards the end of 2019 that she was laid low by spate of injuries and had to eventually take a year out of Tour for rest and recovery.

She returned at the Australian Open this year but bowed out in the second round. Barring her runner-up finish at Miami, which saw her conceding the final to Ashleigh Barty after picking up a niggle, Andreescu has struggled to find her 2019 vintage.

Taking to Twitter to announce her split with her longtime coach, Andreescu wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I would like to inform my fans that my longtime coach, mentor and friend, Sylvain and I, have mutually decided to end our incredible coaching relationship.”

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Seeking better returns from the grass court swing ahead of Wimbledon, the Canadian entered the draw at the Grass Court Championships, Berlin, but crashed out in Round 1 after losing to Cornet again.

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She did make the last-16 at Eastbourne International but couldn’t go past Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the battle for the quarter-final.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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