After splitting with her father as coach this week, Sofia Kenin said on Sunday she is not rushing to find a replacement as she begins play at the Rome Masters.

For the moment, the Russian-born American who finished runner-up at Roland Garros last October is going without, using her agent as a travelling companion while she sorts out tennis practicalities.

“It was a difficult decision,” she said of the split with father Alex, her coach since childhood in Florida.

“Credit to all my father has done, but we both agreed that it’s time to part ways – so far it’s going good.”

Kenin called her choice “the right decision.”

“It was not easy,but this was the right decision for me – I’m excited to see what happens.

“My agent is here, I don’t have a coach right now. I will take time to figure how I want things to be.”

WTA No. 4 Kenin has had a rough go so far this season, undergoing an appendix operation the week after her Australian Open title defence where she fell in the second round.

She managed one win at home in Miami and then lost twice on clay.

But after skipping Madrid, she is hoping to get her game going at the Foro Italico with the Roland Garros start set in three weeks.

“I didn’t have the best experience in Australia but I’m excited to play here and go to Paris and compete again.

“There is no pressure, there won’t be any tears. I’ll be very calm, but I want to be feisty on court.

“The switch to clay is tough, your legs get heavy and you need treatment and massages. 

“But I’m happy to be back on the Tour travelling again.”


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