Maria Sakkari has new coach; It's someone who had success with Rafael Nadal in past

After splitting with coach David Witt before Wimbledon, Sakkari has found a replacement.

by Dzevad Mesic
Maria Sakkari has new coach; It's someone who had success with Rafael Nadal in past
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Maria Sakkari has hired a new coach and it's Sergi Bruguera, who won the 2019 Davis Cup title with Rafael Nadal and also had a partnership with Alexander Zverev and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, via Vicky Georgatou of SDNA.

After splitting with her coach of six years Tom Hill, Sakkari hired ex-coach of Venus Williams and Jessica Pegula, David Witt. But just three months into their partnership, the 28-year-old Greek decided to stop working with Witt, who had two very long stints with Williams and Pegula in the past.

Just before the French Open, Sakkari spoke very highly of Witt. But after suffering a shock French Open first-round loss to Varvara Gracheva and also getting dismantled by Victoria Azarenka in her first grass match of the season in Berlin, the ninth-ranked Greek decided it was time for a change.

Maria Sakkari
Maria Sakkari © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

And after also losing in the Bad Homburg first round and only making the Wimbledon third round, Sakkari has found a replacement for the remainder of 2024. 

Who is Sakkari's new coach Bruguera?

Bruguera, a former two-time French Open champion, was appointed as the Spanish Davis Cup team captain in 2018 and he led his nation to the title in the competition in 2019 before stepping down from his position at the end of 2022.

Rafael Nadal and Sergi Bruguera
Rafael Nadal and Sergi Bruguera © Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

In the last several years, Bruguera also worked with former world No. 5 Tsonga between 2019 and 2022, and he also coached Zverev for a year before they went their separate ways after the 2023 Madrid Open.

Now, Bruguera is again working with a big name as Sakkari is a top-10 player. When Sakkari replaced Hill and hired Witt, she underlined that she was hoping Witt would help her elevate her game and bring her closer to accomplishing her goal of becoming a Grand Slam champion and reaching the world No. 1 ranking. 

Witt didn't succeed in that goal but Sakkari is now certainly hoping that Bruguera can help her achieve her dreams.

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