Garbine Muguruza’s coach, Conchita Martinez, scoops WTA Coach of the Year award

WTA player Garbine Muguruza celebrates with her coach Conchita Martinez

Former Spanish tennis player Conchita Martinez has been named WTA Coach of the Year, the governing body of women’s tennis has announced.

Martinez, who is the current coach of the world No 3 Garbine Muguruza, helped her compatriot to win three titles this year, including the prestigious WTA Finals.

The WTA Coach of the Year is voted for by members of the WTA Coach Program, while the player service and sportsmanship awards are voted for by WTA players.

Martinez, a former WTA world No 2 become the fourth recipient of the annual WTA Coach of the Year Award.

Previous winners of this award include Naomi Osaka’s former coach Sascha Bajin, Ashleigh Barty’s coach Craig Tyzzer and Iga Swiatek’s former coach Piotr Sierzputowski.

Carla Suarez Navarro, meanwhile, won the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award following her comeback after her battle with cancer. The Spaniard was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2020, but returned to action this year to play at the French Open, Wimbleodn and US Open.