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Collins On Future with Coach Almagro


On short notice, Nicolas Almagro helped Danielle Collins make her longest Roland Garros run.

Collins, who arrived in Paris with just one career French Open win to her credit, knocked off 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza and 30th-seeded Ons Jabeur to reach the Roland Garros quarterfinals before losing to Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in today's quarterfinals.

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Afterward, the world No. 57 credited Almagro with helping her successfully transition to clay following opening-round exits at both the Western & Southern Open and US Open.

"It's difficult when you can't find that consistent figure, and so I'm really happy too that we were able to have Nico on board for this tournament on such a short notice, to have a former Top-10 player coaching me is really special," Collins said. "I also haven't had a lot of experience, to be quite honest, playing on the red clay being an American. I do think it's a bit of an adjustment, and I clearly made that adjustment pretty well, and have played some of my best tennis out here.

"I can be proud of that and the hard work that I did earlier in the year and late in the year last year, practicing on the clay court in my neighborhood and trying to get more comfortable on the dirt."

The former NCAA champion said she will continue working with Almagro on a trial basis before both determine if it's the right fit for 2021.

"Nico and I are doing a trial for a little while longer to just see if it will work out the best for both of us," Collins said. "I'm looking forward to the training weeks that we're going to have in that period and the things that I'm going to get to learn from him on court. Hopefully it can be a consistent thing."

Photo credit: @RolandGarros

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