Tennis

Coetzee parts ways with Columbian doubles duo

───   14:41 Wed, 01 Dec 2021

Coetzee parts ways with Columbian doubles duo | News Article
Jeff Coetzee (middle) with Colombian doubles team of Juan Sebastien Cabal (left) and Robert Farah (right).

After a seven-year partnership on the ATP Tour, South African professional tennis coach Jeff Coetzee and his Colombian doubles team of Juan Sébastien Cabal and Robert Farah have parted ways.

Coetzee confirmed the news on Wednesday after returning to the country from the Nitto ATP Masters in Turin, Italy, where the Colombians qualified for their third top eight-year end Masters and represented their country in the Davis Cup finals.

"We have ended our longstanding relationship amicably and it's time for fresh and new beginnings for us," said Coetzee.

When Coetzee started coaching the Colombian duo in December of 2013, they were ranked 65 (Cabal) and 68 (Farah) respectively on the world doubles rankings. Coetzee took the Colombians to the world number 1 ranking (July 2019) and coached them to 20 x titles which included two Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon and the US Open, both in 2019. They were four-time semi-finalists in Roland Garros at the French Open (2017, 2019, 2020, 2021).

Coetzee also accompanied Cabal and Farah to the Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo Olympic Games where he was appointed coach of the Colombian Olympic tennis team by the Colombian Tennis Federation.

“We enjoyed a successful journey together,” said Coetzee. “When I signed with the Colombians, I saw the potential with both individuals and as a team, and took on the challenge to get them to world number 1 and win Grand Slams. That has been achieved and now it’s time to take on a new challenge.“

Coetzee said that he would be making an announcement shortly on his future as one of the leading professional coaches in international tennis.


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