Galo Blanco part ways with Dominic Thiem to embrace new Davis Cup role



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Galo Blanco part ways with Dominic Thiem to embrace new Davis Cup role

Galo Blanco is a former Spanish Top 40 player who has embraced a coaching career after a retirement in Barcelona 2006, working with the players like Feliciano Lopez, Milos Raonic, Jurgen Melzer, Elias Ymer and Karen Khachanov. In addition, Blanco runs a 4 Slam Tennis Academy in Barcelona where he had the opportunity to work with Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev among the others, traveling with Karen until November 2017.

A month later, Blanco has started to work with Dominic Thiem and he was there to help the main coach Gunter Bresnik to shape up Thiem's game and support him achieving some bigger goals in 2018. The Austrian has won 48 matches and three ATP titles so far in 2018, including his first on an indoor hard surface and the first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros where Rafael Nadal defeated him in straight sets.

Blanco and Bresnik have really been the right option for Thiem in 2018 as he improved his game on hard courts at least a little bit and started to choose more reasonable schedule in order to preserve his body and give his best at every tournament (unlike in the post-Roland Garros period when he scored just one win on grass after not being at his best).

Nonetheless, Blanco will stay in Thiem's camp only until the end of the season (Vienna, Paris and the ATP Finals that Dominic should qualify for), preparing himself for a new role in the reformed Davis Cup from 2019 and leaving the coaching job aside.

Under Blanco's guidance, Milos Raonic had won four ATP titles and he also led Jurgen Melzer and Karen Khachanov towards one title. ALSO READ: Tennis Europe releases season-ending U14 and U16 rankings