Bianca Andreescu confirms new coach for 2023



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Bianca Andreescu confirms new coach for 2023

Christophe Lambert has announced that he is quitting his position as the New Zealand Tennis High Performance Director to join Bianca Andreescu's coaching staff for the 2023 season. After the 2022 season ended, Andreescu ended her collaboration with coach Sven Groeneveld.

“An opportunity came to Christophe that was too good for him to turn down. So I’m really excited for him about this opportunity. When he told me, I thought it would be a great step for him," NZ Tennis CEO Julie Paterson said.

Lambert and Andreescu are well-known to each other - Lambert worked for Tennis Canada in the past and he coached Andreescu when she was younger. “Bianca asked me to coach her and I accepted the job. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

It wasn’t like every week or every month. It’s always good to have people calling you when you are up, but when she was down I was checking on her and giving her my opinion," he said.

Andreescu aims big things in 2023

Andreescu, who announced an indefinite break from tennis in 2022 December, kicked off her 2022 season in late April.

In 2022, Andreescu went 19-12 and her best result came on the grass courts of Bad Homburg, where she made the final before losing to Caroline Garcia. "I do believe that for me right now it's literally just a couple of points here and there that is kind of the deciding point for me.

I know that if I have a great pre-season this year, I think next year, maybe give me six months and I really believe that I can do really good," Andreescu recently said. Andreescu, who is now ranked at No 45 in the world, is aiming to return to the top-10 in 2023.

"I definitely don't like seeing myself in the Top 50. I definitely want to get back to that Top 10 spot. But I know that this year I've lost to good players, and they've been pretty close. I wouldn't say that I got swept off the court.

Having that experience this year compared to last year against all these top players, I think it's a totally different thing," Andreescu said.