The draws for the two rounds of the WTA Finals took place in the early hours of Saturday, October 29, taking place this year in Fort Worth (Texas) from October 31 to November 7. The Tracy Austin Group will see World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, young American star Coco Gauff, Russia’s Daria Kasatkina and France’s Caroline Garcia compete for the next round.
A very tough group for the tennis player from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, who will also have to face the consequences of a radical change in her team. García, in fact, has chosen to end her employment relationship with manager Bertrand Perret.
This decision could greatly destabilize the soul of the number 10 in the WTA ranking just 24 hours before the start of the Finals.
Perret: «The atmosphere has deteriorated in recent weeks»
Bertrand Perret himself came out of the closet, who in an interview with the French sports newspaper L’Équipe gave a brief but significant explanation about the professional separation with Caroline García.
“We have had some problems in recent weeks. As a result, because of that, the atmosphere has deteriorated a bit and that’s why we decided to stop. I do my work for pleasure and this is less and less. I would love to go to the WTA Finals, but I’m not one to pretend.
When something is finished, it is finished. There was no point in expanding the collaboration. I prefer to cut losses. I am delighted to have helped Caroline qualify for the tournament and for what a great year she has had. I am very happy for her.
Now I am unemployed, but soon I will start training someone else”. A rather anomalous and surprising change of course in Caroline García, author, results in hand, of a decidedly exaggerated season. After an up-and-down start to the year, the French tennis player placed two important sprints between June and August, repeating the Roland Garros Grand Slam six years after the first in doubles with her compatriot Kristina Mladenovic and triumphing in singles at the WTA 1000 Cincinnati, a tournament in which he started from the playoffs.