Young Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has split with coach Todd Larkham just six days out from Wimbledon.
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The 20-year-old announced “mutually agreed” a split with Larkham on his official website on Tuesday morning.
It comes just days before the beginning of arguably tennis’ biggest tournament, where Kyrgios shocked the world by reaching the quarter-finals last year.
Kyrgios hired Larkham after parting ways with Simon Rea following Wimbledon last year and admitted the timing of the decision wasn’t ideal.
“It’s never an easy decision to end a coaching relationship and to do so prior to the start of a grand slam is even more difficult. But I feel that this is the right decision for me at this time,” Kyrgios said on his website.
“I will work closely with my team and Tennis Australia through Wimbledon and we will regroup after the tournament in order to figure out the best plan for the future.”
Larkham worked with Kyrgios for seven years during the player’s junior years and was re-hired immediately following the Australian’s golden run into the Wimbledon last eight.
“I’ve worked with Todd on and off for many years and he has helped me immensely. I am very grateful for everything Todd has taught me and helped me with, especially during the last year,” Kyrgios said.
“While our working relationship has ended, Todd and I will remain friends as he has been a very important person in my life.
“For now my focus is on the 2015 Wimbledon Championships and with that in mind I will not be making any further comments on this matter.”
Kyrgios has had a less than ideal run into Wimbledon after he withdrew from Aegon Open in Nottingham, citing illness.