Sofia Kenin will start with a clean slate at the Rome Masters after dismissing her father as coach.
The 2020 Australian Open winner and runner-up at Roland Garros last October, pulled the plug on her collaboration from childhood with father Alex.
Moscow-born Kenin revealed her decision on social media:
“I wanted to let everyone know that after many years together I have decided to part ways with my father as my coach,” the WTA No. 4 posted.
“This was not an easy decision for me as we shared many great moments together and had a lot of success. I will be forever grateful for my dad’s sacrifice and contributions towards getting me to where I am today.
“I am excited for what the future holds and look forward to putting together a new technical team in the coming weeks ahead.
“I can’t wait to get back on the court next week in Rome.”
Kenin is the second women’s player this week to split with a father-coach, after Caroline Garcia did the same with her father Louis-Paul.
On the men’s side there is speculation that the father-son on-court partnerships of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev could eventually follow the women’s lead.
Kenin made the break after a disaster start to the clay season, losing in first rounds last month in Charleston and Stuttgart.
Her situation was complicated by appendix surgery which she underwent in Australia the week after the Open last February.
Keniin has a lot to prove to herself when play begins in Rome at the Foro Italico – she went out love-love to Victoria Azarenka in the first round last September.