After 15 Years David Ferrer Has Split With Coach Javier Piles
by Staff | December 22nd, 2013, 3:17 pm

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 José 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, ​​David 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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8 Comments for After 15 Years David Ferrer Has Split With Coach Javier Piles

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Seems to be all the trend at the moment players parting company with coaches,anyway Davids had a very solid relationship with Piles,his form this season was a bit hit and miss though,i hope it works out well for him,and the new coach gets him heading back in the right direction.

Ben Pronin Says:

Perhaps Ferrer is looking for that little extra something to start getting wins over the guys ranked above him instead of being their pigeon.

Okiegal Says:

Good luck to David, hope it works out for him.

Yes, Chic, it does seem to be the trendy thing going at this time……should be interesting……

I am waiting impatiently….for the first slam. It will be freezing weather in Oklahoma, but while watching the Australian Open, I will warm up in a hurry! Can not wait!!

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Agree with Ben maybe Davids looking for a new direction to help him against the top guys,when he plays any of the others hes very good,he just lacks something between the ears when it comes to the very best,hes one of the most tenacious and hard working players there is,i hope it works out well for him.

M Says:

I think that’s one of the longest-running & most successful coaching relationships I know.

It does seem to be in the water/air, though. Perhaps with the struggles Ferru has had this past season – and everyone needs to adapt with age – he is looking for a slightly new direction.

Still a little sad to me, though, as well as a surprise.

Like you, TXHC, hoping the change works out well for him.

Frankie Says:

Ferrer is perhaps going to make that one last push to get a slam.

Perfect fan Says:

Whatever decision ferru has taken, I jus hope it turns out good for him. I hav immense respect for this man….a great player who got overshadowed by rafa.

Somehow, I hav a hunch he may slip out of top 5 nex year….but I vl b more than happy for him if he proves me wrong.

Humble Rafa Says:

Good move by my country man, Door Mat. You can only be a good doormat for so long, then you want to be a broom. Time to move up the food chain.

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