JOHANNA KONTA has split from coach Wim Fissette after just ten months together.
The 26-year-old – who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals back in June – has slipped from No. 7 to No. 10 in the world rankings in recent weeks.
Speaking after falling short to reach the WTA Finals for the second consecutive year, Konta revealed on Wednesday: “After careful thought and discussion, Wim and I have mutually decided to end our working relationship.
“Things ended very amicably and I wish Wim all the best. We’ve achieved a lot together and I want to thank him for all his hard work, patience and expertise.”
While Fissette took to social to wish the Brit star good luck in the future, he tweeted: “Sharing the news that Johanna and I decided to part ways.
“I wanna thank her for this great season and wish her all the best in the future!”
Konta withdrew from participation in the Kremlin Cup this week with a foot injury, where she revealed she won’t be competing again until 2018.
She added: “I will be working with my team over the coming weeks to find the right way forward for me and my tennis. The goal is to get a new coach or coaches in place as soon as possible, but the focus will be on making the right decision rather than a quick decision.
“My hitting partner Andrew Fitzpatrick, my strength and conditioning specialist Gill Myburgh, my physio Milly Mirkovic and my mental coach Elena Sosa will continue to support me. I feel very excited and optimistic about the future and very committed to improving and becoming the best tennis player that I can be.
“My foot is improving but it is still advisable to rest it further so, unfortunately, I will not be travelling to Singapore or to the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai [where she made the semi-finals last year]. Both are amazing events and I will really miss being part of them but I want to make sure that I am fully fit to start preparations for what I hope will be an exciting 2018 season.”
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Since losing to Venus Williams in the semi-finals in Wimbledon, Konta has won just TWICE after being plagued by injuries.
It has been her most successful season to date, reaching a career-high of fourth in the world after success in the Miami Open in April.
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