Women's tennis has a long history of tumultuous relationships of fathers who have coached their daughters. Very few have been able to negotiate the difficult dynamic and separate the role of father and coach. You can now add Caroline Wozniacki and Piotr Wozniacki to the list.
The pair have ended their coaching relationship. The father and daughter discussed her being coached by someone else after the world no. 1 was beaten by Dominika Cibulkova at Wimbledon. The Wozniackis have hired a new private coach to travel with Caroline, but he/she has yet to come on board, so Piotr travelled with Caroline to Toronto and Cincinnati.
Wozniacki has now lost her last three matches. After losing at Wimbledon, she lost her opening matches in Cincinnati and Toronto to Christina McHale and Roberta Vinci. The identity of the new coach is not known but is said to be a former touring pro.
Wozniacki has also worked with adidas coach Sven Groenefeld. Piotr Wozniacki, a former soccer player in Denmark, is said to have encouraged his daughter to try someone else out. Wozniacki, who has yet to win a Grad Slam, has been criticized for playing too defensively.
"We've heard from morning to night how Caroline should play," Piotr told the newspaper. "So now she tries something else. It is intended that she should be a very aggressive player. But as you can see, she cannot win matches right now, because she does not know how she should play.
But whatever, I'm Caroline's father, and I will always support her." Wozniacki is scheduled to play in New Haven next week.