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American Sofia Kenin ends coaching relationship with father Alex-Sports News , Novi Reporter

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Kenin, the Australian Open champion and French Open runner-up in 2020, wrote in regards to the swap on Instagram on Friday.

American Sofia Kenin ends coaching relationship with father Alex

Defending ladies’s singles champion Sofia Kenin exited Australian Open after dropping to Kai Kanepi within the second spherical. AP

Sofia Kenin now not might be coached by her father, asserting simply weeks earlier than the French Open she is “placing collectively a brand new technical crew.”

Kenin, the Australian Open champion and French Open runner-up in 2020, wrote in regards to the swap on Instagram  on Friday.

The submit included a photograph of Kenin and her dad, Alex, posing with the Australian Open trophy final yr.

“I wished to let everybody know that after a few years collectively I’ve determined to half methods with my father as my coach. This was not a straightforward determination for me as we shared many nice moments collectively and had a number of success,” Kenin mentioned. “I might be without end grateful for my dad’s sacrifice and contributions in the direction of getting me to the place I’m at the moment.”

The 22-year-old American is No. 4 within the WTA rankings.

Her father has been a continuing presence at Kenin’s facet on tour and within the stands, generally warned by chair umpires for teaching throughout matches, which is not allowed at main tournaments. That occurred throughout the fourth spherical of final yr’s French Open, when Alex Kenin additionally switched seats and plopped himself down proper subsequent to the coach of Sofia’s opponent (a lot for social distancing amid a pandemic).

A few decade earlier than Kenin was born, her mother and father moved from Moscow to New York Metropolis. Alex took English courses and went to laptop faculty throughout the day; he drove for a automotive service at evening. Then, simply earlier than their daughter was born, the household returned to Russia. Later, they went again to New York and finally settled in Florida, which Kenin nonetheless calls residence.

She had been so far as the fourth spherical solely as soon as at any Grand Slam event earlier than amassing her first main championship in Australia final yr. That was adopted with a run the ultimate at Roland Garros in October earlier than dropping to Polish teenager Iga Swiatek.

Kenin has been going via a slower begin to 2021, with a report of simply 7-7 heading into the Italian Open subsequent week on crimson clay. The French Open begins 30 Might.

In her first Grand Slam look because the defending champion, she misplaced in straight units to Kaia Kanepi within the second spherical at Melbourne Park in February.

That started a stretch during which Kenin has misplaced 5 of her six most up-to-date matches.

“I’m excited for what the longer term holds and stay up for placing collectively a brand new technical crew within the coming weeks forward,” Kenin wrote Friday. “I am unable to wait to get again on the court docket subsequent week in Rome.”

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Updated: May 8, 2021 — 6:37 am

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