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Report: Caroline Wozniacki fires coach Thomas Hogstedt after three months

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Caroline Wozniacki has parted ways with relatively new coach Thomas Hogstedt after a mere two tournaments. (Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)

Caroline Wozniacki has parted ways with relatively new coach Thomas Hogstedt after a mere two tournaments. (Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)

Caroline Wozniacki has fired coach Thomas Hogstedt after just three months of working together, according to Danish website Ekstra Bladet. The former No. 1 player in the world hired Hogstedt at the end of October last fall and the pair worked together through the off-season and collaborated for just two tournaments in January before calling it quits. According to Ekstra Bladet, the two never established any chemistry and when Hogstedt decided to take an impromptu vacation instead of heading to Dubai to train with Wozniacki, the Dane took it as the last straw in their already strained relationship.

Add Hogstedt to the growing list of coaches that never gelled with the Wozniacki team. Coached by her father Piotr for most of her career, Wozniacki has never succeeded in bringing in outside help. In February 2012, Wozniacki fired Ricardo Sanchez, the man who took Jelena Jankovic to No. 1, after she lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open to No. 1 Kim Clijsters. The two had worked together for just two months. She hired former Australian Open finalist Thomas Johansson as a part-time coach later that summer, but that relationship ended after four months.

This season, a shoulder injury forced Wozniacki to withdraw from her first tournament at the Brisbane International and she struggled when she returned to action. At her first tournament of the year at the Sydney International, Wozniacki lost in the second round to No. 27 Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 7-6 (9). She fared just one round better at the Australian Open, where she lost in the third round to No. 38 Garbine Muguruza, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Wozniacki has now failed to make it past the third round in seven of her last eight Slam appearances and on Monday she dropped out of the top 10.

Wozniacki is training in Dubai with her father but she may have already signed a new coach. Ekstra Bladet expects to announce the hiring on Thursday.

  • Published On Jan 29, 2014
  • 7 comments
    ArtFaucett
    ArtFaucett

    I guess she's spent a little too much time on her back with Mr. Golfer.

    notme
    notme

    I like her ad wish her well

    Annoymous!
    Annoymous!

    Wozniacki will still be ranked in the top 10-12.  To compensate for the drop; she just plays a couple more tournaments to get her ranking point up again!  That how she consistently gets her rankings up anyways.

    She will have to work hard to stay were she is at now!

    bptr
    bptr

    I have been watching Wozniacki since she came out of nowhere to be ranked number one in 2010..

    I watched her in this recent Australian Open and it is pretty clear to be that her main problem is that she floats her shots over the net (not just her backhands) with a backspin.  This is never a good tactic because it just sets up  the opponent.  She needs to flatten out her shots and drop this "Dainty Dane" crap and become a beefed-up killer that the other top women are doing.  Did anyone see that new 19yo  Phenom Eugenie Bouchard?  She has a muscular upper body with loads of talent and is going all the way!


    If Wozniacki want to get serious, she needs to beef up and get mean.   She should hire me as her new coach.

    ernestv2007
    ernestv2007

    She should face the facts... she is just a top 10-20 player not a top 10 player...

    bcrd500
    bcrd500

    It is strange that a seasoned coach would take a vacation instead of training their player. He must have sensed that Wozniacki is not totally committed to her tennis career. It has been three years since she was a force in tennis and it appears her focus is more on the golf boyfriend and has probably "settled" for her current status, on the tour. 


    The money is still too good to simply quit but she is not willing to really focus, on her tennis career, and coaches recognize the attitude and move on to other players.

    Vamusiclvr
    Vamusiclvr

    Michael Mortensen is new temp coac