Tennis players, despite having a demanding schedule, experience a short offseason, where they reflect on their performance, take breaks, and make changes to their coaching teams.
Qinwen Zheng, a rising star from China, surprised many by appointing Pere Riba, a former ATP player from Spain, as her coach.
Pere Riba gained recognition for coaching Coco Gauff in the latter part of 2023, helping her secure a victory at the US Open.
Riba's coaching skills were evident in his nomination for the 2023 WTA Coach of the Year, alongside Brad Gilbert. However, he stepped down from coaching Gauff for undisclosed personal reasons.
Tennis enthusiasts speculate if Riba's role was overshadowed by Gilbert's presence in Gauff's team, but the details remain undisclosed.
Qinwen Zheng, a 21-year-old Chinese player, had a successful 2023 season, finishing in the Top 20, and has now reunited with coach Pere Riba.
The coaching reunion with Riba follows their successful collaboration until the 2022 French Open when they decided to go separate ways.
Wim Fisette, Zheng's previous coach, left, and Naomi Osaka recruited him, leaving Zheng disappointed. She accused Fisette of breaking the contract.