Johanna Konta has split with coach Thomas Hogstedt after deciding to end their association after the US Open.
Konta teamed up with Hogstedt – who has worked with an impressive list of top-level players including Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep – in July after splitting with Dimitri Zavialoff.
But after crashing out in the second round of the US Open, the British No. 1 decided to end the working relationship – which was only initially on a trial basis – after less than two months.
Konta, 29, has had five different coaches within the past four years, having also worked with Eseban Carril, Wim Fissette and Michael Joyce in that spell, with British coach Dan Smethurst expected to travel with her to the French Open.
Great Britain BJK Cup captain Anne Keothavong told Amazon Prime on Friday: ‘I was just made aware of it last night when I exchanged a few messages with Jo.
‘She said she decided to split with Thomas. They were on a trial period up until the US Open and when she returned home from New York made that decision. In terms of specifics, I guess she just knew their personalities didn’t match up.
‘She knew it wasn’t going to work out and at 29 years of age she has been on tour long enough, she knows what she wants. She wants to take ownership of her tennis.
‘She doesn’t need someone else to really dictate and tell her what to do, it has to be a collaborative effort whoever that person is.’
Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski added: ‘These things happen.
‘We saw Jo arrive here in Rome with just her physical trainer we knew something was up.
‘When you start a relationship you’re trying to spend as much time together as possible. The personalities didn’t mix. Jo was absolutely brilliant in her first round [at the Italian Open in Rome] so may it continue. Maybe the split was the best thing for her tennis.’
Konta’s decision to hire Hogstedt came under the microscope in August, when fellow British player Laura Robson described it as a ‘weird choice’.
‘Thomas Hogstedt seems like a very weird choice for me to pair with Johanna Konta because they are so individual and so dead set on whatever they think is best,’ Robson told Amazon Prime during the Western & Southern Open, where Konta reached the semi-finals.
‘He is known to be quite difficult to work with to the point where I remember Sharapova would not go for dinner with him. I think they [Konta and Hogstedt] might have a couple of long weeks inside the bubble.’
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