Robin Soderling and Elias Ymer part ways but keep their special connection



by JOVICA ILIC

Robin Soderling and Elias Ymer part ways but keep their special connection

A former world number 4 and a two-time Roland Garros finalist Robin Soderling had to end his career at the age of 30 in 2011 when he was still ranked inside the Top 5, winning a title at home in Bastad in dominant style and never returning to the court again! Soderling suffered from mononucleosis that turned into a chronic health issue and he was never able to make a comeback, although he spent the last year near the court as the coach of a young Swedish star Elias Ymer. Born in 1996, Elias had been progressing through the rankings with ups and downs but after a poor first half of 2017 he reached for Robin in order to add some extra elements in his game and raise it to another level, with Soderling accepting the challenge.

Starting from July, they had built a strong foundation and Elias won two Challenger titles by the end of the year, in Cordenons and Mouilleron Le Captif to crack the Top 150 and set the right course in his development. This season, Ymer qualified for the main draw at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and he is on a verge of reaching the Top 100, standing in a much better position than a year ago when Robin was not by his side.

Nonetheless, the young Swede will have to crack the Top 100 without his coach and friend, as they decided to end their collaboration on a friendly and mutual basis. Robin has announced on Saturday that he can't be Elias' coach anymore after amazing 12 months they have had, as he can't travel with him on a regular basis because of his family and two children. The Swede also expressed his true feelings about his young compatriot and that he can reach him for advice or any kind of help anytime he wants.

Elias also said he is very grateful to Robin for everything he has done for him and the way he improved his game, and he has to find a new coach now who could travel with him during the entire season and who will help him to finally reach the Top 100 and establish himself on the ATP Tour.

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