Prague, April 14 (CTK) – Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova, 26, the Wimbledon winner in 2011 and 2014, will have a new coach, former doubles player Frantisek Cermak, 39, until the end of the season, she said in a phone interview with the Czech media yesterday.
Kvitova, currently 7th in the WTA rankings, was without a coach for almost three months. She terminated her cooperation with coach David Kotyza after more than seven years in January, following her failure at Australian Open.
Kvitova played four tournaments without a coach.
She brought Cermak with her to the United States for the Indian Wells tournament as a sparring partner and then offered him to be her coach, which he accepted.
“I was thinking about what to do and I concluded that he could help me. My tennis play has improved in the USA already. Franta is a good man and I think that he will be a good coach, too,” she said in the interview.
Cermak accepted Kvitova’s offer immediately.
“I did not hesitate a second and nodded to it at once,” said Cermak, who used to be the 14th doubles player and winner of Roland Garros 2013.
Kvitova will appear with Cermak for the first time at a tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, next week.