Danielle Collins is into the final of the 2022 Australian Open after defeating Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-1. The 28-year-old American now faces world no.1 Ash Barty in Saturday’s final in Melbourne. But who is Danielle Collins’ boyfriend, Tom Couch, and what is her coaching situation?
Collins burst onto the scene in the US when she played collegiate tennis at the University of Virginia. While there, she won the NCAA singles title twice in 2014 and 2016. She announced herself on the world stage in 2019 when she reached the semifinals of the Australian Open.
However, Danielle’s career was stunted when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018. In April 2021, Collins then underwent emergency surgery to treat endometriosis. Thankfully, she is much better physically now.
Ahead of the final against Barty, fans wanted to know more about Danielle Collins’ boyfriend, Tom Couch, and her coaching situation.
Who is Danielle Collins’ boyfriend, Tom Couch?
Danielle Collins’ boyfriend is Tom Couch, who is a former Australian rules football player who previously played for the North Launceston (TSL) team. He also played in three games in two seasons for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). However, he was delisted at the end of the 2013 season.
Now, Couch is a Physical Performance Manager who resides in Florida. Tom and Danielle reportedly met in 2019 at the Acapulco Open in Mexico when Couch was working as a fitness trainer for a group of Australian players including Alex de Minaur and Jordan Thompson.
Tom then started working with Danielle in 2019 as a personal trainer, and they began dating shortly after. Speaking about balancing their relationship, Tom said: “The thing that has probably made it work so well is that Danielle is so dedicated, disciplined and motivated. That makes things so much easier on the relationship and has probably been the key to it all.”
Danielle and Tom made headlines at the French Open
The pair made headlines at the French Open in 2020, when Danielle asked Tom to leave the players box on Court Philippe Chatrier during her match vs Sofia Kenin. Danielle later explained what happened: “I was on court and one of my team was moaning and groaning and cussing about my serve.
“It had gone on for a while so I asked Tom to move as I knew he would move to a spot where I didn’t have to listen to this other person complain.”
“Everyone thought we’d broken up after the match and I was like, ‘We’re all good, we’re going on vacation next week’,” Couch joked afterwards.
Danielle Collins doesn’t have a coach
The tennis star is currently ranked no.30 in the world. Danielle Collins does not have a full time coach, but was previously coached by Jay Gooding and Chip Brooks.
Collins has had great success without a coach though. She won the Palermo Ladies Open, her first WTA title, back in September, without dropping a set.
“I’m really proud of myself for being able to commit to the process and do it on my own and be motivated every day,” Collins said at the time.