Czech number one Tomas Berdych has split with his coach Dani Vallverdu after 17 months together.
In a statement on his official Facebook page, the world number eight said that he needed to “act quickly when I feel that I need a change.”
The news came as a surprise to many, with the French Open just six days away.
Split comes after a generally disappointing 2016
The split comes after some poor form in the past few months, capped off by a 0-6, 0-6 drubbing handed to Berdych by David Goffin at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
Berdych fell in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open to Roger Federer, failing to defend his semifinal points from the previous season, and has not had many good results since then. He has only made the last eight at two of the five Masters 1000 tournaments so far this year and has failed to reach an ATP final.
The disappointments of 2016 largely contrast the success Berdych had under Vallverdu last season. 2015 saw Berdych reach a career high of fourth in the rankings and saw him reach the second week at all four majors for the first time in his career, including his fifth Grand Slam semifinal in Melbourne.
Under Vallverdu’s guidance, Berdych also reached five finals last season, including titles in Stockholm and Shenzhen and a finalist appearance at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, ending the year at sixth in the rankings and securing a sixth consecutive appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals.
No new appointment yet for Berdych
In the statement on Facebook, a representative for Berdych stated that the former Wimbledon finalist “has not decided who his new coach will be as yet.”
Hardly ideal preparation for the second major of the year at Roland Garros, the world number eight will have the question about who could take him further up the rankings as he also looks to make the last eight in Paris for only the second time in his career; he is seeded eighth for the tournament.
However, Vallverdu has already been linked with a move back to Andy Murray. The Venezuelan was the long-time hitting partner of the Brit before the two split in 2014, and Vallverdu's split with Berdych comes just days after Murray announced he had split with coach Amelie Mauresmo. The two are believed to be on good terms.