World No. 3 David Ferrer announced earlier today that he has split with longtime coach Javier Piles and will begin working with Jose Altur ahead of the 2014 season. The Spaniard had been with Piles for over 15 years dating back to his days as a junior player on the tour.
The 31-year-old expressed his sadness over the terminated relationship but also mentioned that it was not due to personal problems.
“Tomorrow I will make a statement because I finished my relation with my coach Javier Piles three or four days ago,” said Ferrer on a conference call to Sport360. “I am sad because it was a very familial relationship and next year I will begin with Altur along with my same team. I broke my relation with Javier, it was okay, we didn’t have any personal problems. We worked together for many years and we decided to end the coaching relationship.”
Ferrer marks the latest in an extraordinary number of high-profile coaching changes over the past few months; Novak Djokovic hired Boris Becker, Kei Nishikori hired Michael Chang, and Marin Cilic rejoined former partner Goran Ivanisevic.
David will begin his 2014 season in Doha, where he will be seeded second behind world no. 1 Rafael Nadal. The Qatar ExxonMobil Open takes place between December 30-January 4.