Jessica Pegula has new coaching staff but it's something different this time

Pegula split with her long-time coach David Witt after the Australian Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jessica Pegula has new coaching staff but it's something different this time
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World No. 5 Jessica Pegula decided to do something differently in her search for a new coach as the American tennis star hired two coaches who will work in a collaborative setup.

After Pegula's slow start to the season and a shock Australian Open second-round loss to Clara Burel, the 30-year-old figured out she needed a change and that's when she announced she was parting ways with her coach of five years, David Witt.

This week, Pegula is returning to action at a WTA 500 tournament in San Diego. In her pre-tournament presser, Pegula announced that she is now working with former doubles world No. 1 Mark Knowles and former Bahamian tennis player Mark Merklein.

"Right now I'm working in a combination with Mark Merklein and also Mark Knowles," Pegula announced in San Diego.

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Jessica Pegula© Getty Images Sport - Morgan Hancock

Pegula explains her decision to hire two coaches

Pegula has been one of the best players in the game for the past few years but she just hasn't managed to make a big Grand Slam breakthrough or reach the world No. 1 ranking. When hiring two coaches, Pegula wanted to be able to get different opinions and feedback instead of just being limited to one. Presumably, Pegula believes this could help her in the biggest tournaments and matches. 

"I kind of like having, like a collaborative setup, where I feel I can talk to multiple people and get different feedback and keep things kind of fresh and motivating at the same time. We will see how it goes but I'm really excited," Pegula said.

Meanwhile, Pegula is the top-seeded player in San Diego this week. After having a first-round bye at the tournament, Pegula is scheduled to kick off her San Diego campaign on Wednesday, when she takes on Jule Niemeier in the round-of-16. When Pegula and 126th-ranked Niemeier meet, it will be their first meeting. 

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