By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday February 5, 2024
One of many extra productive long-term player-coach partnerships on the WTA Tour has come to an finish, as Jessica Pegula and David Witt have parted methods. Pegula and Witt started their partnership in the summertime 2019, again when Pegula was and not using a WTA title, a visit past the second spherical of a significant and a High 70 rating.
That might quickly change as Pegula would rise over the following four-plus years to develop into one of the reliably elite gamers on tour. The Buffalo, NY native reached a career-high rating of No.3 on this planet and reached the quarterfinals at six totally different majors.
She gained her first profession title in her first week with Witt, on the 2019 Citi Open in Washington, D.C.
BREAKING NEWS: Jessica Pegula has ended her teaching relationship with David Witt.
The 2 had labored collectively since 2019, throughout which Pegula rose to as excessive as No. 3 on this planet.
— TENNIS (@Tennis) February 5, 2024
The information got here as a shock to Witt, who was the previous longtime coach of Venus Williams beforehand.
“It was a complete shock to me,” Witt advised TENNIS.com, reflecting on a change that was made about two weeks in the past. “By no means noticed it coming.”
Witt was named the 2022 WTA coach of the 12 months for his work with Pegula, and mentioned he has nothing however respect for the present World No.4.
“We’ve had an incredible friendship for 5 years, so it’s very robust. I actually worth my relationship with my participant simply as a lot as I like teaching. It’s a troublesome enterprise. I’ve been fairly fortunate that I’ve solely been with two gamers the final 15 years.”