British No. 1 Johann Konta heads into the grass season without a coach after parting ways after barely six months with Dimitri Zavialoff.

The top seed at the WTA Nottingham event which began on Sunday revealed the recent personnel change, but kept quiet on details.

The World No. 20 and the Frenchman, who also worked with three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka and Swiss Times Bacsinszky, last collaborated at Roland Garros, where Konta lost in the first round.

“Dimitri is no longer working with me,” Konta said of what she called a no-drama parting. “I’ll take my time and think about what kind of a team I want to build around my game.” 

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old hopes to continue the joy she felt last Thursday when she hit for the first time on a grass court since the 2019 summer season.

“The first hit in London was so much fun, the sun was shining: I felt very very happy

“It’s nice to have a bit of normality back. It hasn’t felt like two years (away from  grass). But a lot has happened in that time.”

Nottingham, a key Wimbledon tune-up, will allow limited spectators through the gates due to COVID restrictions in Britain.

Play was interrupted on Sunday by the inevitable rain.

“I’m looking to play as many matches as I can, enjoy being on grass and playing in front of home fans,” Konta said.

“Any fans are good, they give a match more atmosphere. Tennis is all about entertaining people.”


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