11 years after having hired David Witt has her coach, Venus Williams has decided to part ways with him.
This was announced by tennis journalist Ravi Ubha on his Twitter feed. He said:
“Venus Williams has cut ties with her long-time coach David Witt, according to Witt. It was an 11-year partnership, with Witt a hitting partner, then coach. “It was a great run,” Witt told me.”
“A former pro, Witt says he’d like to stay in the coaching ranks, on either tour.”
Following a poor 2018 season in which Williams fell to number 38 on the WTA Rankings, the 38-year-old American took the decision to move into the new season with what could be termed as a fresh approach.
Interestingly, Venus Williams had a solid 2017 season in which she entered the final of two Grand Slams – at the Australian Open and Wimbledon – but two opening round exits in 2018 followed by third round ousters at the majors pulled her ranking down.
Williams hasn’t played since the her US Open campaign and won no titles this year apart from finishing with an underwhelming win-loss record of 17-11.
There’s been no update from the Venus Williams camp about the potential new coach.
Venus Williams will kick-start her new season with an exhibition match against her sister Serena Abu Dhabi, where Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will also be a part. She will then play in her first WTA tournament in Auckland and follow it up with the Australian Open mid-January.
Having won seven singles and 14 doubles titles in Grand Slam tennis, Venus is one of the all-time legends but her last entry into a WTA tournament final came in October 2017 when she finished runner-up at the WTA Finals. She lost to Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.
The last WTA title she won dates even further back in February 2016 in Taiwan where she defeated Misaki Doi to win the tournament.