Konta splits with Zavialoff again

Johanna Konta, who ended her clay court season with an early exit at the French Open, will be searching for her seventh coach after splitting with Russian Dimitri Zavialoff for a second time.

The former world no.4, who returns to her favourite surface of grass for the English Wimbledon warm-up tournaments at Nottingham and Eastbourne, began working with Zavialoff in 2018 but ended their partnership last year.

The pair originally worked together on a trial basis in Moscow, with the British no.1 reaching the Kremlin Cup semi-finals. Zavialoff, who previously worked with Swiss stars Timea Bacsinszky and Stan Wawrinka, helped Konta impress in Grand Slam events with a semi-final showing and two quarter-final appearances.

Zavialoff replaced American coach Michael Joyce, who previously coached world no.1 stars Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Russian Maria Sharapova.

But since the Australian-born Konta reunited the partnership with Zavialoff last November, the Eastbourne-based 30-year-old has stuttered on fast surfaces and produced a string of poor performances on clay.

As the no.19 seed at Roland Garros, Konta made a tame 1st Round exit after being outwitted by wily Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-6(5) 6-2.

The split seemed long overdue with former Wimbledon semi-finalist Konta having failed to impress on this year’s WTA Tour.

After the initial Zavialoff break-up Thomas Hogstedt briefly took over duties last year.
following a disappointing 2018 season.

Konta was practising on grass in London last Thursday before travelling to Nottingham for the much-anticipated grass court tournament, her first foray on the surface since Wimbledon 2019.

KONTA’S COACHES
Carril (2014–2016)
José Manuel García (2015–2016)
Wim Fissette (2016–2017)
Michael Joyce (2017–2018)
Thomas Hogstedt (2020)
Dimitri Zavialoff (2018–2021)