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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday March 6, 2024

Jessica Pegula

Jessica Pegula is hoping that she can turn a corner not long after turning 30.

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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday March 6, 2024

Indian Wells, CaliforniaJessica Pegula shook up her coaching team last month, parting ways with David Witt, the man who helped guide her from out of the rankings netherland to Top-5 status, and on Wednesday during BNP Paribas Open media day, the American talked in-depth about what motivated her to seek change.

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Pegula said her recent tack felt like a “new beginning” and added that she made the move because she wanted to find out what else was out there for her. “David and I obviously had a lot of success and what we were able to accomplish together was pretty amazing but I think having started with him when I was maybe 25, and then being 30 this year, I think I’m just in a much different place – a different ranking, a different place personally and career-wise.”

Pegula stressed that “nothing bad” happened in her partnership with Witt. Her decision came naturally and she trusted her gut.

“I just felt like I needed to take some chances,” she said. “I’m 30 – not that being thirty is the end – and I think I just didn’t want to look back and be like ‘maybe I should have tried someone else, or tried something different.’

“I didn’t want to feel too comfortable. I kind of wanted to change things up and I think being uncomfortable makes you learn new things and pushes you in new directions and can be really helpful.”


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