The big story in the tennis world this week has not necessarily come on the court, but off of it. There have been two notable coaching changes. According to Reuters Media, Boris Becker has stepped down as coach of Holger Rune of Denmark for “private and professional responsibilities”, while Jessica Pegula of the United States has released David Witt as her coach.
Becker’s decision comes at a time when ITV in Great Britain is about to televise a documentary on Becker titled “Boris Becker: The Rise and Fall.” The documentary is not just supposed to feature Becker’s outstanding tennis career, which included six grand slam titles (1985, 1986, and 1989 Wimbledon, 1989 United States Open, and 1991 and 1996 Australian Open), but his personal problems off of it. Those include being sentenced to prison on bankruptcy charges, and his breakup to fiancee and model Alessandra Meyer-Wolden.
Meanwhile, the fact that Pegula has released Witt is also intriguing. You could make a genuine comparison between Pegula, and the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League, which is ironic because Pegula’s parents own the Bills. In the early 1990s, the Bills were the NFL team that was close, but could never get it done as they lost four straight Super Bowls. You could make the comparison to Pegula when it comes to the grand slams. Pegula has been ranked first in the world, has won four significant tennis tournaments since 2019, but has not reached a grand slam semifinal yet, as she is 0-6 in grand slam quarterfinals. The news that Pegula has fired her coach, was a surprise to Witt, who also has coached Venus Williams.
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