Germany’s Angelique Kerber has announced that she has parted ways with coach Wim Fissette less a week before the start of the WTA Finals in Singapore.
The world No.3 announced the surprised split on Tuesday morning. Saying her decision was made due to a difference in opinion between the two. Kerber has been coached by Fissette since November 2017. The Belgian 38-year-old has extensive experience of working with players on the WTA Tour. Prior to Kerber, he has also worked with Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Johanna Konta and Simona Halep.
“Wim Fissette is – with immediate effect – exempted from his duties as coach of Angelique Kerber.” A statement from Kerber’s management reads.“ In spite of his successful cooperation since the start of the season, this step is necessary due to the differences of opinion regarding the future of the alignment.
“We would like to thank Wim Fissette for his professional commitment, which has led to the achievement of the season’s goals.”
Under Fissette’s guidance, Kerber has risen back inside the world’s top three following what was a roller-coaster season last year. The 30-year-old started 2018 by winning the Sydney International in January. Then at Wimbledon, Kerber claimed her third grand slam title by defeating Serena Williams to win the Wimbledon title. However, since her triumph at Wimbledon Kerber has failed to reach the quarter-final stage at five consecutive tournaments. Her win-loss record for 2018 currently stands at 45-17.
The timing of the announcement comes as the German No.1 travels to Singapore. She will play at WTA Finals for the fifth time in her career. Kerber was runner-up in 2016 to Dominika Cibulkova.
An announcement concerning Kerber’s next coach will made made after the conclusion of the WTA Finals.
There has been no comment from Fissette following his departure.