World No.9 Maria Sakkari and her long-time coach Tom Hill revealed their professional separation

Sakkari sends Greece to the quarterfinals of the United Cup

In separate social media posts, Sakkari and Hill announced the end of their six-year working partnership. Throughout their collaboration, Sakkari achieved great success, spending two-and-a-half years in the Top 10, attaining a career-high ranking of No.3, clinching two titles, and reaching two Grand Slam semifinals.

Sakkari took to Instagram to express her gratitude to Hill, saying, "Tom, thank you for all the emotions, the support on and off the court, and the belief you had in me since day one. We grew together, and you helped me realize that everything is possible. Not only did you make me a better tennis player, but you also made me a better person. Thank you for always wanting the best for me and for always having my back! Good luck on the next chapter in your career."

In response, Hill commented on Sakkari's post, saying, "Thank you for the amazing memories! Always here for you champ."

Sakkari, whose journey has been documented on Netflix's "Break Point," broke into the Top 10 for the first time in 2021 with Hill as her coach. She achieved her highest ranking of World No.3 in March 2022 after reaching her first WTA 1000 final at Indian Wells.

In the previous year, Sakkari faced early exits in the first round of three out of four major tournaments. However, she also secured her second and most significant career title at the WTA 1000 Guadalajara in September. Sakkari participated in the season-ending WTA Finals for the third consecutive year but failed to advance past the group stages for the first time.

After starting 2024 with three wins in singles matches at the mixed-team United Cup, Sakkari suffered a second-round loss to Elina Avanesyan in the Australian Open. Currently, she is on a three-match losing streak following defeats in her opening matches at Abu Dhabi and Doha.

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