Who is Caroline Garcia's coach at the 2022 US Open?

Joshua Rogers September 8, 2022
Who is Caroline Garcia's coach at the 2022 US Open?
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Let’s find out who Caroline Garcia’s coach is at the 2022 US Open as the French star makes her first ever singles Grand Slam semifinal.

Caroline Garcia is into the US Open semifinals, the furthest she has ever gone at a Grand Slam event. The 28-year-old from France is the 17th seed in New York and beat home favorite Coco Gauff in the quarterfinals.

However, Garcia is a two-time major champion in doubles, having won the French Open women’s doubles title in 2016 and 2022 partnering Kristina Mladenovic.

She has also won ten WTA Tour singles titles, including three at the WTA 1000 level, the 2017 Wuhan Open, 2017 China Open and 2022 Cincinnati Open.

She now faces Tunisian 5th seed Ons Jabeur for a place in the US Open final.

Caroline Garcia was previously coach by her father

For most of her career, Caroline Garcia’s coach has been her father, Louis-Paul Garcia. However, in 2021 she announced that she had split from him as a coach, citing the need for a new approach if she wanted to win big titles.

“It was my decision,” she told L’Equipe. “Today, I am more sure of myself, I have more confidence in myself, it was perhaps the right moment for this evolution. I want to go for big titles. If I am doing it now, it means I am I’m ready to do it.”

“I tried to explain to him as best I could. My father remains my father,” she added (via Women’s Tennis Blog). “There is always a lot of love. We lived such moments together…My parents made a lot of sacrifices. I can’t thank them enough. I’m sure there will be more great tennis moments in the future.”

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Caroline Garcia’s coach in 2022 is Gabriel Urpi 

After parting ways with her father professionally, Caroline Garcia hired veteran WTA coach Gabriel Urpi has her new mentor.

In 2021 she said to reporters that she was now training at the Rafael Nadal Academy with Urpi as well as her own physiotherapist. She has also worked closely with trainer trainer Laura Legoupil.

“With Gabi, I knew I would have repetition, that I was going to run,” she said. “I know what to expect. I am ready to make the effort.”

Urpi was born in El Vendrell, Spain on 16 August 1961, and played tennis in the 70s and 80s. He did not win any professional career titles, but did attain career-high rankings of 106 and 182 in singles and doubles respectively. His best performance at a major came at the 1982 French Open where he reached the third round.

Urpi is the former coach of Flavia Pennetta and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. Pennetta is a former doubles world no.1, while Vicario, whom he worked with between 1994 and 1995, won 14 Grand Slam titles – four in singles, six in women’s doubles, and four in mixed doubles. 

He also coached Conchita Martínez to the 1998 Australian Open final and spent time coaching Elina Svitolina and Nicolas Mahut.

She also works with Bertrand Perret

At the end of 2021, Caroline Garcia also started working with a new coach, Bertrand Perret.

Perret has worked with Ons Jabeur, Tatjana Maria, Renata Zarazua, and Shuai Peng in the past.

He was there to celebrate Garcia’s win at the 2022 Western & Southern Open when she defeated Petra Kvitová in the final, 6–2, 6–4.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.