Tennis News Wire -
Victoria Azarenka’s early French Open exit may have brought an early end to her use of Amelie Mauresmo as coach and advisor.
The world no.1 has been working with former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Mauresmo for a couple of months but in that time Azarenka has lost finals in Stuttgart and Madrid and struggled with injury in Rome. If Maria Sharapova reaches the final at Roland Garros she will take over at the top of the WTA rankings.
When the deal was struck for Mauresmo to work alongside Azarenka’s regular coach Sam Sumyk, no time limit was set but the 32 year-old who retired from the WTA scene in December 2009 has numerous media commitments.
Crucially Azarenka has decided not to play any grass court events before Wimbledon, whereas Mauresmo (Wimbledon champion in 2006) annually made contested the Eastbourne event a week previously.
“We haven't really decided anything yet,” said Azarenka when questioned on the future of her relationship with Mauresmo. Clearly the matter is on the agenda when the player assesses her fourth round demise with Sumyk and Meilen Tu, agent with Lagardere Unlimited. “I haven't even talked to them. We'll see.”
Azarenka maintains she intends to head home to Minsk to spend time with her parents and grandmother who famously rejuvenated the player’s desire for competition early last year. "There has been a lot of tennis for me in the last couple like five months, I haven't been home in a while,” said the 22 year-old.
“It's something that I for sure need is just to get rested mentally, definitely, and just to get out of the tennis field a little bit. And once I have my passion and desire back on the court, I'll be on the grass."