“I get bored very quickly,” Andreescu once told me. “So even on the pitch I just try to mix it up. That can be a setback and an advantage, because I have a lot of tools in my toolbox, so I try as best I can to pick the right ones at the right times, but I I’m still working on it.”
Her new team was put together with input from Eisenbud, who started managing Maria Sharapova at age 12 and helped her become the highest-earning female athlete. He later helped Chinese star Li Na capitalize on her success.
“One commonality around Sharapova’s Grand Slam wins and Li Na’s Grand Slam wins was that everything around the team was calm,” Eisenbud said. “I must try to get calm water around Bianca.”
Eisenbud and Bal have actively recruited Andreescu and have been leading her together since June 1. Silla, her new fitness trainer, helped Naomi Osaka improve her fitness and footwork ahead of her first US Open title in 2018. Groeneveld, who is working with Andreescu on a trial basis, is one of the most experienced coaches in tennis. He coached Sharapova in the later stages of her career and helped her with chronic injuries, which was an important factor for Andreescu.
She interviewed Groeneveld and several other coaches via FaceTime earlier this year after making the difficult decision to break up with Bruneau.
“Sven really stood out from the start,” she said. “I wrote down what I wanted in a coach and what I didn’t want in a coach. I made sure I really, really paid attention to this because I want to go to the next level, and Sven honestly checks all the boxes: Maria Sharapova, injuries, being on tour for a long time, and that experience really, really helps, and I see it already.”
To avoid injury, Andreescu said they’ve adjusted her schedule to make sure she doesn’t push too hard on the track during practice when she’s working hard on her fitness. She has also continued to work with Kirstin Bauer, an Austrian physiotherapist and osteopath who has been the sole survivor on Andreescu’s team since 2019, alongside her parents and her dog Coco.