Former world no. 1 and Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber didn't enjoy a good run in 2019, barely staying in the top-20 despite kicking off the action as world no. 2. Kerber failed to win the WTA title in the season behind us, losing finals at Indian Wells and Eastbourne and scoring only four Grand Slam victories, well beyond her abilities.
Rainer Schuettler couldn't bring the most from his compatriot and they stopped working together after a disaster at Wimbledon, with Angelique seeking the best possible solution ahead of 2020 season. On Thursday, Angelique announced her new coach, starting cooperation with the fellow German Dieter Kindlmann during the offseason and in the new year.
Kindlmann is a former world no. 130, winning one ATP match and four Challenger titles from seven finals, also dropping all eight Futures finals. Dieter was the sparring partner of Maria Sharapova, also working with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Laura Robson, Madison Keys, Ajla Tomljanovic and Elise Mertens in the past.
Kerber and Kindlmann will hit the court already on Monday, together with the fitness coach Marco Panichi who will also be responsible for world no. 2 Novak Djokovic. Kerber and Kindlmann should kick off the partnership at the Hawaii Open at the end of December, hoping for a strong start of the season and to regain the ranking position as soon as possible in January.
Kerber's last WTA title came at Wimbledon last year, losing ground after that and struggling to find her 'A game' in the previous year and a half. "As much as I've enjoyed my time off, I'm excited to get back into training.
Happy to announce that Didi Kindlmann will be joining my team as the new coach! Work starts here, and I'm thankful for the people in my team that share the same vision moving forward!"