The split of Victoria Azarenka and Sam Sumyk shook the tennis headlines and the coach’s swift joining of Eugenie Bouchard’s camp made everyone wonder what the cause of the parting was. According to the latest reports, Sumyk simply needed more challenges, while Azarenka was just left sad, not disappointed or anything.
Here’s how Sumyk explained the situation to the NY Times:
My decision to leave Azarenka for Bouchard was not due to money matters. My contract with Vika was good. I’m always looking for challenges. I hate comfort. When I am in a comfortable situation, it is the end of growth for me as a coach and person. I want to be the best coach. It’s never the right time for a separation between coach and player. Our relationship was more than that of a normal relationship between coach and tennis player. Vika can improve with a new person by her side.
And Azarenka described her feelings after ending the five-year relationship which helped her win two Grand Slam titles:
I will never forget what we have achieved together. I will always be grateful, but yes, it was a bit surprising for me. It was sad, nothing else. I have no anger in me. The separation didn’t end in a bad way. Then, I chose (Wim) Fissette.
Again, the Belarusian explained that her ambiguous tweet after Bouchard’s defeat to Mona Barthel in the Canadian’s first match since starting working with Sumyk was not the celebration of her colleague’s loss, but simply her comment on the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey”. (source: Tennis World USA, photo: Jimmie48)