Two-time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka has welcomed a familiar face back to her team after what has been a mixed season.
The former world No.1 has started working again with Belgium’s Wim Fissette. Fissette previously guided the Belarusian on the tour between 2015-2016 prior to Azarenka taking maternity leave. During that period, Azarenka won the 2016 Brisbane International and then achieved the sunshine double in America. Winning tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.
Fissette has extensive experience of working on the WTA Tour after previously coaching the likes of Kim Clijsters, Johanna Konta and Simona Halep.
During 2018 he was working alongside Germany’s Angelique Kerber, before their collaboration came to an abrupt halt. Kerber separated from the Belgian just days before the start of the WTA Finals in Singapore.
“Despite the successful partnership since the beginning of the season, this decision was made due to different views in regards to the future collaboration,” Kerber’s management said in a statement.
“We thank Wim Fissette for his professionalism and commitment to the team, which contributed to reaching the goals for the ongoing season including the Wimbledon title and Angelique’s return to the Top 3 of the WTA ranking.”
It has been claimed by tennis.life that Fissette had already agreed to work with Azarenka before splitting with Kerber. Physical therapist Fabrice Gautier is also set to make a return to Azarenka’s team.
Overall, she has won 17 out of 29 matches played on the tour. Azarenka was also runner-up at Wimbledon in the mixed doubles with partner Jamie Murray.
Azarenka, who is currently ranked 51st in the world, is set to return to action at the ASB Classic in New Zealand. It will be only her season appearance in the tournament and first since 2006.