Dan Evans is among four British players in action at the US Open on Monday, needing to display the same ruthlessness that he has recently applied to his coaching set-up.
The British number two tackles Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the opening round of his first Grand Slam since dispensing with the services of David Felgate, who helped resurrect his ranking from oblivion to the verge of the world's top fifty.
It looks like the strangest coaching change involving a British player since Jo Konta split with Spaniard Esteban Carill in late 2016, soon after he had guided her into the world's top ten.
Dan Evans is looking for a fresh start at the US Open after splitting with his coach
Evans pictured with temporary coach Leon Smith in training for the US Open this week
Felgate has kept his counsel on their parting, but is known to have been taken aback by the decision – made earlier this month after the ATP Washington tournament - after such a fruitful partnership.
Evans admitted last night that there had been no falling out, and that there is no obvious replacement, with his preferred option being a British coach who could double as a hitting partner.
He vaguely mentioned the complications of travelling up to London from his Cheltenham base as one reason for the change.
'Nothing really went on, I just felt differently when we started back after Wimbledon,' he said of the Felgate axeing.' It was more how I felt on the court, that's the most important thing. I can't really worry about keeping someone coaching me just for the sake of it, not to have confrontation – it's a difficult conversation but it needed to happen.
'I haven't got time on my side to be p***ing around paying someone for nothing, really, just not to hurt his feelings.'
Evans may reflect that he could've chosen his harsh words about David Felgate better
In an individual sport these things can be unfathomable, and Evans may reflect that he could have chosen his words better. The record shows that Felgate