Tennis - Croatian tennis player Donna Vekic has parted ways with her coach Torben Beltz after working together for two and a half years, as per an update on Beltz's social media.
Donna Vekic parts ways with her coach
While working with Beltz, Vekic broke into the Top 20 for the first time last year and reached the US Open Grand Slam quarter-finals.
However, there does appear to be some difference of opinion in the reason for the split. Beltz posted an update on social media in which he said, "Hey ,, unfortunately Team Donna and I had different views in setting up the practice and tournament schedule for the restart of the tour which is why we will go separate ways!
Thanks Donna for the last 2,5 years, it was a great ride and I always enjoyed our time together. Good luck for you in the future. Ready for a new adventure." Vekic responded to the same on social media, saying, "Well this is the first time I’m hearing of different views in practice and tournament schedules...?”
Thanks Donna for the last 2,5 years, it was a great ride and I always enjoyed our time together. Good luck for you in the future. Ready for a new adventure. 🎾🎾👊👊🤙🤙
Torben Beltz is a German tennis coach, best known for working with 2016 Australian Open and 2016 US Open champion Angelique Kerber.
Well this is the first time I’m hearing of different views in practice and tournament schedules...? 😂😂😂 — Donna Vekic (@DonnaVekic) July 8, 2020
Beltz first started working with Kerber in 2003. Beltz parted ways with Kerber at the end of 2013.However, in the early part of 2015, Beltz was rehired as Kerber's coach . He has been credited with helping Kerber win her first Grand Slam title at the 2016 Australian Open, where the German defeated defending champion and then-world number one Serena Williams in the final in three sets and she also won the Olympic Silver Medal and a second Grand Slam title at the US Open, She also finished runner-up at the WTA Finals and ended the season as World No.
1. 24 year old Donna Vekić has won two singles titles on the WTA Tour: the 2014 Malaysian Open and the 2017 Nottingham Open. Her best performance in a Grand Slam singles event was reaching the quarterfinals at the 2019 US Open.
In November 2019, she reached No. 19 in the WTA rankings. She is currently ranked No. 24 in the world. She also reached the fourth round of the French Open in 2019 and Wimbledon in 2018.