The draws for the two rounds of the WTA Finals took place in the early hours of Saturday 29 October, taking place in Fort Worth (Texas) this year from 31 October to 7 November. The Tracy Austin Group will see world number 1 Iga Swiatek, young American star Coco Gauff, Russian Daria Kasatkina and French Caroline Garcia compete for the next phase.
A very tough group for the tennis player from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, who will also have to face the consequences of a radical change in her team. Garcia, in fact, has chosen to terminate her working relationship with manager Bertrand Perret.
This decision could greatly destabilize the soul of the number 10 of the WTA ranking after only 24 hours from the start of the Finals.
Perret: "Atmosphere deteriorated in recent weeks"
To come out of the closet was Bertrand Perret himself, who in an interview with the French sports newspaper L'Équipe gave a brief but meaningful explanation on the professional separation with Caroline Garcia.
“We have had some problems in the last few weeks. As a result, because of that, the atmosphere has deteriorated a bit and that's why we decided to stop. I do my job for pleasure and this has become less and less. I would love to go to the WTA Finals, but I'm not one to pretend.
When something is finished, it is finished. There was no point in extending the collaboration. I prefer to reduce losses. I am delighted to have helped Caroline qualify for the tournament and for the great year she has lived. I am very happy for her.
Now I'm unemployed, but soon I'll start coaching someone else." A rather anomalous and surprising change of course at Caroline Garcia, author, results in hand, of a decidedly over the top season. After a start to the year made up of ups and downs, the French tennis player placed two important sprints between June and August, repeating the Grand Slam success at the Roland Garros six years after the first in doubles with compatriot Kristina Mladenovic and triumphing in singles in the WTA 1000 in Cincinnati, a tournament in which she started from the qualifiers.