Just after Richard Gasquet lost yet another match in the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals, his coach of two years, Riccardo Piatti, has called it quits. From an article by the Associated Press, found here on ESPN,
Richard Gasquet found out on the eve of his final match at the ATP World Tour Finals that coach Riccardo Piatti decided to end their partnership without further notice.
Gasquet, who lost his final round-robin match at the year-end tournament to Novak Djokovic on Saturday, said Piatti abruptly told him he was leaving after more than two years working together.
Gasquet, who won three titles this season and reached the semifinals at the US Open, did not elaborate on his coach’s decision, saying it was for Piatti to explain his reasons.
While it’s difficult to speculate why Piatti left Gasquet, it makes sense to assume it’s because of his lackluster performances to end the 2013 season. Two years is a long time for a tennis coach to stay with a player, albeit doesn’t sound like much.
It has been reported that Gasquet will remain working with Sebastien Grosjean until a new coach to replace Piatti is found.