US Open champion Coco Gauff and her coach Pere Riba have unexpectedly ended their partnership despite their success in 2023.
The split was not due to internal conflicts but rather unforeseen family issues that arose after Gauff's victory at the Flushing Meadows.
Pere Riba clarified that the decision was mutual and based on the uncertainty of resolving family problems, not any disagreements between him and Gauff.
Despite the separation, Riba praised Gauff's maturity and their positive relationship, emphasizing their clear and honest communication.
The successful partnership saw Gauff achieve significant victories, including her first WTA 500, WTA 1000 triumphs, and her inaugural Grand Slam title.
Riba acknowledged the great experience and hard work during their time together but mentioned the external family issues that led to the split for the 2024 season.
The relationship between Riba and Gauff remains amicable, with mutual respect and understanding even after parting ways.
After leaving Gauff, Pere Riba has teamed up with his former student, the 15th-ranked Chinese player Qinwen Zheng, for the upcoming 2024 season.