Ana Ivanovic has changed a number of coaches since she won Roland Garros in 2008 and her results and confidence have suffered greatly. Just one illustration: at the Grand Slam she won three years ago, this year she lost in the first round.
The former No.1 Ivanovic’s biggest problem is to find a coach that suits her, someone who would give her proper guidance and be there for her. She’s kind of looking for the one which is extremely difficult to find and in the meantime she’s watching her tennis results drop, her confidence going away and her career slowly passing by. When you add all the injuries to the picture, the situation is pretty demoralizing.
Last year Ivanovic stopped working with Heinz Gunthardt because he wasn’t able to fully dedicate himself to her. For most of this year, Ivanovic traveled with only a hitting partner, having suddenly parted with coach Antonio van Grichen.
“First I have to find a good one,” the 23-year-old said. “Then, someone who will commit. And someone willing to travel. And someone with whom to get along, because you do spend a lot of time together.”
I’m wishing Ana the best of luck in finding that stability and guidance she desperately needs.