Johanna Konta splits from coach Dimitri Zavialoff for the second time after losing at the French Open
Johanna Konta enters the grass season without a coach as the British number 1 splits from Dimitri Zavialoff for the second time after a disappointing first round loss at the French Open
- Johanna Konta has been separated from her coach Dimitri Zavialoff for the second time
- The UK’s No. 1 announced they were splitting up after her loss at the French Open
- Konta is looking forward to the upcoming grass season and plays in Nottingham
Jo Konta is entering the start of the grass field season, having ended what turned out to be a brief reunion with French coach Dimitri Zavialoff.
The two, who worked together during her outstanding 2019 season, parted ways after her first-round exit at the French Open, which was the latest setback in what has been a disappointing year thus far.
She re-enlisted him for this season after he released 2020 for family reasons, but is now joined by her hitting partner and assistant coach, former British player Dan Smethurst.
Johanna Konta (left) revealed she has parted ways with her coach Dimitri Zavialoff (right)
Konta said she’s parting ways with Zavialoff ‘on very good terms’ and is ready for a new direction
Konta has never been afraid to change coaches and clearly felt the need to do so after winning just three of her 10 games this year.
“We left on very good terms, he will always be a big part of my career,” Konta said.
“I’ll take a moment and see how I want to do it. A lot of players like me go through coaches.
Konta said she was ‘very happy’ to be back on the grass in the UK at the Viking Open in Nottingham
“We just came to that decision, it has nothing to do with the grass season. I feel supported and have every chance to find a good level.”
The 30-year-old Konta tops the Viking Open this week in Nottingham, with Dan Evans leading the men’s field.
The start of the event on Sunday was greeted with rain.