Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard has reportedly hired a new coach to begin working with her from next week in Antwerp, Belgium.
According to the Toronto Star, the 20-year-old Bouchard has hired Sam Sumyk to replace her long-time coach Nick Saviano.
The decision to part ways came after Bouchard took part in a breakthrough season on the WTA tour – one that saw her win the Most Improved Player award at the end of the season. She reached the semi-final round of three of the four Grand Slam this year, and peaked with her first appearance at the Wimbledon final in July.
Bouchard is also the first Canadian to reach the Wimbledon final and the first to reach a career-high No. 5 in the rankings. While she also managed to qualify for the WTA finals in Singapore, she failed to win a single match at the event.
While Saviano did not specify a reason for the split, but it appears that it was a civil and mutual one.
“This past year travelling with Genie to all of the majors has been a wonderful experience with memories I will cherish for a lifetime,” Saviano said.”I have no doubt that Genie will accomplish great things.”
It should be noted that Sumyk was working with former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka as recently as the Australian Open, but it now appears that he has selected Bouchard as his new student.
Bouchard is scheduled to take part in the WTA event in Antwerp, Belgium next week.