Add David Ferrer to the long list of top players making coaching changes this off season. After finishing No. 3 behind one of his best seasons, Ferrer has parted ways with 15-year coach Javier Piles.
“Tomorrow I will make a statement because I ended my relationship with my trainer Javier Piles three or four days ago,” Ferrer said via translation. “I’m sad because it was a family relationship and begin next year Altur JosΓ© Francisco, and the rest of my team.”
Ferrer will looking to former player Jose Francisco Altur to lead him 2014. The 45-year-old Altur who runs a tennis academy in Spain reached a career high of No. 88 in 1990.
Ferrer and Piles first started working together in 1999. Said Piles of first meeting David, “After his stay in Barcelona, ββDavid had spent time in the Academy Equelite. He was rated a thousand-something in the ATP, having won his first ranking points in a satellite tournament. The parents saw that he needed something different to keep progressing, and I wanted to work with him.”
Earlier this year Pilas’s father passed away during the U.S. Open.
Ferrer will return to competition at the Abu Dhabi exo next Thursday.
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