Spanish No.2 Carla Suárez Navarro has made a major announcement ahead of the North American hard court season, splitting with long-time coach Xavier Budo.
WTA Staff
July 31, 2017

World No.31 Carla Suárez Navarro announced a shakeup in her coaching team on Monday, as the Spaniard splits from long-time coach Xavier Budo after a decade of working together. 

"After 10 successful years, Xavi and I have jointly decided to end our cooperation," Suárez Navarro said in a statement. "I just can be thankful for his commitment and the knowledge he brought to me and pivotal aspects for my growth as a player and as a person. 

"I arrived in Barcelona to try to be a professional tennis player. Together we made a long journey that included two years inside the top 10, a career-high ranking in the World No. 6, big titles and finals."

The Spaniard reached 10 singles finals in her career with Budo by her side, winning two - including the WTA Premier 5 event in Doha in 2016. Their collaboration saw her reach five Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, as well as a WTA Premier Mandatory final in Miami, and another Premier 5 final in Rome in 2015.

Alongside Garbiñe Muguruza, she also reached the final of the doubles tournament at the 2015 WTA Finals. Suárez Navarro reached a career-high singles ranking of World No.6 last February. 

In the statement, she added: "I'm very thankful and I will never forget what he made for me. I will keep working and training hard to become a better player."