Caroline Garcia and her father Louis-Paul formed, since the beginning of the professional career of the former world number 4, more than ten years ago, an essential duo, and often the target of detractors, on the circuit. But at 27, the current 53rd player in the world announced this Wednesday during an interview in the newspaper L'Équipe, to put an end to this collaboration. “It's not a neutral decision, it's a big change, but that's what I feel,” she explains in the interview. Today, I am more sure of myself, I have more confidence in myself, it was perhaps the right moment for this evolution. "
The Lyonnaise, who has already been training for a few months at the Nadal academy in Manacor (on the island of Mallorca in Spain), has announced that she will work with Gabi Urpi, former coach of Arantxa Sánchez, Flavia Pennetta or Nicolas Mahut.
At 59, the Spaniard is no stranger to the French since he had already trained in Fed Cup, where he was associated with Amélie Mauresmo.
At the head of the All In Academy (in Paris, Lyon and Villeneuve-Loubet), Thierry Ascione, ex-coach of Mladenovic, Mahut and Tsonga, knows Urpi well, whom he had recruited for his academies.
Together they had notably coached Elina Svitolina.
He is confident about this new association.
Are you surprised by the announcement of Caroline Garcia who is stopping her collaboration with her father?
There is a professional life in addition to family life.
Those are two different things.
She and her daddy realized that, for two years, the results were not those hoped for and that a change had to be made.
It is quite logical.
Together they achieved a rather incredible course with titles, a place of n ° 4 in the world.
Anyone who says she should have changed sooner, better keep their advice to themselves.
There is no point in criticizing their duo.
Caroline has had results, after it's a journey of life, the end of one cycle and the start of another.
Is this a courageous decision?
It is above all that of maturity.
She has had incredible results and at her age there are some decisions to be made about the rest of her career.
I would have loved for them both to continue and for her to win a Grand Slam, to climb back into the top 10 to shut everyone's mouths.
They may have felt that this was not possible and that things had to be changed.
It's a sporting decision.
She took Gabi and that's fine.
She is the right person to help her and I am delighted for her, for them.
Little update! #FlyWithCaro pic.twitter.com/5Ixiql9A46
- Caroline Garcia (@CaroGarcia) April 24, 2021
What motivated this choice according to you?
When you have tasted the very high level like her, when you have what she has in the racket and in the legs, it is normal to want to find the top level.
But it's not daddy's fault.
Every athlete has ups and downs.
It is a question of cycle.
She has been training at Nadal's academy for some time with Gabi.
It is a logical and interesting decision.
I know Gabi very well and I know that he has always had a lot of affection and that he was kind to Caro in the Fed Cup.
But he was only the trainer, he was only with her 5 weeks a year.
He was training her in pairs with the dad.
There he will invest a little more and I do not know if the dad will be with them anyway.
Are you saying they already had a stronghold?
Yes, Gabi is a great coach, he formed a great pair with Amé (
Editor's note: Amélie Mauresmo in Fed Cup
) and it worked well.
Gabi is a great technician, a great person.
I loved working alongside him at the academy.
What can he do for Garcia?
A little novelty, structuring, lots of little things. Gabi does not really have a working method, he is not a coach who we know that we will work on such and such an aspect with him. He's very empathetic, he's a simple guy who has a real ability to adapt to his player, to the context, to play down stressful situations. He will bring him 35 years of coaching experience. It'll be super. And the fact that they know each other will save time. She does not go into the unknown. It is her choice, she did not ask her agent to find her a coach. She has known him for several years and has already worked with him for a few months. If she takes the step of breaking up with her daddy, it is because she knows where she is going. It is very good. But whatever he does, she's the one who puts the forehand.