Piotr Wozniacki told Danish media he wants to step away from coaching daughter Caroline and that the team in search of a full-time coach.
Speaking to Denmark’s national broadcasting service, DR, Piotr said he wants to get away from the “circus” of the tour and spend more time at home.
“We have a couple of advisors who help us with, but they also have other responsibilities. This will change soon. The aim is that one of the will be Caroline’s full time coach, and it’s just a question of whom we trust the most.
“What happened last year didn’t change anything with the fact that we wanted a fundamental change. I need to get away from this circus, so I can stay home, watch the matches on TV, and only go to a few tournaments, while another coach directs the work with Caroline. We’ve found the pieces, now we just have to make them fit.
This wouldn’t be the first time the former No. 1 will have brought in an outside coach, having hired Ricardo Sanchez in 2012 for an experiment that lasted a mere two months, as well as a brief coaching consultation with 2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson. Sanchez told Spanish newspaper Marca that he felt “deceived” by Piotr and wasn’t given the amount of control over Caroline’s training that he was promised.
“I was told that I would be free to coach her as I wished, and then I was given very little margin to do so,” Sanchez said. “In just five weeks I went from being a coach to being just a consultant.
“Her father put together his own training system, and I was pushed into the background.”
Based on Piotr Wozniacki’s comments, things will be different this time around.
“The new coach will have full responsibility, that’s been the aim the whole time. The coaches last year just weren’t optimal for Caroline. Of course, they did their best with the tools they had, but it didn’t feel right for Caroline, so she decided herself to say stop and take stock as to what she wanted before making a final decision.
“We want someone who can be with her the rest of her career and not just for a half year, because that’s no good and wrecks things. Caroline’s old enough to make her own decisions, even if it’s not easy, because she has to find someone who understands her game and personality. She’ll never play like Serena Williams. Every player has has a different understanding of the game, technique and strengths, and now we’ve found the two we believe in, and we hope to make a decision soon.”
Caroline is in a red-clay slump, having gone 0-4 on the surface and running a five-match losing streak. Though clay is not her best surface by a long shot, her last five losses have all come to players ranked outside of the top 20. She’s ranked No. 10 and opens her French Open campaign on Monday against Laura Robson.