NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA - With the year’s last Grand Slam just days away, World No.8 Karolina Pliskova has added Spanish great Conchita Martínez to her US Open coaching team.
According to Martínez, who has previously worked with Garbiñe Muguruza and has served as Spain’s Fed Cup and Davis Cup captain, she received the call from Pliskova’s team this past week.
“I was in California last week, and I’ve just landed today in New York to start working with Karolina,” she said in a statement. “Tomorrow, Friday, we’ll go out on the practice court and start training together.”
The Czech player reached the US Open final back in 2016, posting a quarterfinal finish last year, and she’ll hope the former Wimbledon champion’s expertise will get her over that last hurdle to claim her maiden Grand Slam title.
A candidate on this year’s International Tennis Hall of Fame ballot, Martínez indicated that their partnership will last only through the US Open fortnight, with Pliskova planning to resume working with new coach Rennae Stubbs after the Grand Slam.
At the Western & Southern Open last week, Pliskova explained her decision to hire Stubbs was brought on by a search for more positivity on her coaching team.
"I just felt like I need to do some change," Pliskova told press. "I don't want to make changes when I just feel bad. I just felt I need somebody a little bit more positive."
"I feel like [my old coach Tomas Krupa] is a little bit negative. I'm also negative and I'm always so hard on myself. I think he's the same. It's somehow not going together."
"It's sometimes not the mistake of the coach. I'm not saying he was bad."
"But sometimes it's just important to understand how the player feels, because [Rennae] was in the same situation. So for me, this is important. And also, it's a woman. So we have maybe different feelings than men sometimes."
Pliskova was defeated in the first round of the Connecticut Open this week, falling to Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets. She paired up with twin sister Kristyna Pliskova later in the week for doubles, but was forced to withdraw citing a right shoulder injury after their first-round victory.