Top-ranked Croatian Borna Coric has added coach Martin Stepanek to his coaching staff for the 2020 season. The 23-year-old split with his long-time coach Riccardo Piatti in September. After the split, the Croatian cited differences of opinion as the main reason why the collaboration ended.
Coric, ranked at No. 28 in the world, took his time after the split to decide his next move. Stepanek has some notable experience in his resume, having coached former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych, Lukas Dlouhy and Coric's fellow compatriot Ivan Dodig.
Berdych, a former 13-time ATP champion, retired from professional tennis at the end of this past season. The Czech worked with Stepanek until he called it a career. Coric didn't have a great second half of the 2019 season and he will be aiming to make a good start to the new season and leave the disappointing results behind him.
The Croatian, who didn't win a title in 2019, won his second title last year and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 12 in the world. It remains to be seen can Stepanek help Coric lift his game to another level.