Reports have surfaced today that Ana Ivanovic has parted ways with Sven Groenefeld, the coach who helped the Serb earn her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros and the keys to the WTA Penthouse. She'll most likely be without a coach when she arrives in Melbourne for the Aussie Open in a fortnight.
This is an interesting development in light of rumors last September that Ana would be leaving adidas when her contract expired this year. I'm guessing the sports brand couldn't pony up the 10-year, $10 million per year option Team Ana was searching for, and with Sven part of adidas' baller development program this makes the decision to leave more likely now.
But today's news begs a bigger question: where will she land if she does leave adidas? A return to Nike seems the likely place since they'll have the funds and proper marketing for a baller of Ana's stature. Plus, she'll be free to hire a full-time, traveling coach now which could really help her game.
She's not the only Serb making significant changes at the start of '09, however. I've already posted about Novak Djokovic's switch from Wilson to HEAD in Queensland and there are also rumors Jelena Jankovic has left Reebok (Lacoste has been mentioned as the new sponsor) and possibly Prince for Wilson though no formal announcements have been made.
(via womenstennisblog.com, image via daylife.com)