Tennis: New coach for Kerber

Tennis: New coach for Kerber

Ex-professional Rainer Schüttler will be working with the Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber in 2019.


From Gerald Kleffmann, London

Angelique Kerber is still on vacation, she is recovering on an island in the far south, but the work for the new season is still progressing. Since the separation of Wim Fissette in October, the best German tennis player was looking for a coach, and now it was officially confirmed what had already leaked at the beginning of the week: Rainer Schüttler, formerly number five in the world and finalist of the Australian Open, Kerber now Full time coaching. For the 42-year-old, the task on the women's tour is new territory, so far he has committed to the career in the men's field. Schüttler was responsible for the ATP tournament in Geneva and worked as a coach, for example for the Lithuanians Ricardas Berankis and Janko Tipsarevic; Schüttler is married to the Serbs sister.

"Angelique has proven on several occasions in recent years what she is for a champion and I am looking forward to working together in this exciting phase of her career," said Schüttler. "For me, there's no question she can do a lot more with her talent."

From Kerber came to the obligation yet no comment, the 30-year-old will declare next week at a press conference in Cologne. There will be no further changes in the team, which means that André Wiesler, who will be working as a coach for a short time, will remain as Hitting Partner. That Schüttler is now responsible for the three-time Grand Slam winner, is quite a special feature, after all, he is one of the representatives who coined the German tennis after the era of Boris Becker and Michael Stich together with Tommy Haas and Nicolas Kiefer. Schüttler won four tournaments on the ATP Tour and narrowly missed the biggest title of his career in 2003; in Melbourne, he had failed only in the final on American Andre Agassi.

Kerber had split from Fissette after differences before the WTA Finals in Singapore. She had worked with the Belgian for about a year and made the hoped-for turnaround after a rather disappointing 2017. Kerber rose again to number two in the world rankings and celebrated in summer at Wimbledon the biggest triumph of her career. The second half of the year was less successful, in the autumn she broke the cooperation with Fissette, without further explanation. "Because of different views on the future direction," it said only in a press release. Kerber and Schüttler will begin their work at the end of November, as before, Kerber's residence in Poland (Puszczykowo near Poznan) will become the basis of the training period.

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