Konta Turns To Ex-Sharapova Coach For 2018

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British No 1 Johanna Konta has confirmed a big-name signing as her new coach, as befits a player ranked just inside the world's top 10.

The 44-year-old American already has been in the United Kingdom for a week and had already come to terms, although the official announcement came only Wednesday.

Michael Joyce previously helped Maria Sharapova to two Grand Slam titles
Michael Joyce previously helped Maria Sharapova to two Grand Slam titles

Konta split with Wim Fissette in October after a disappointing end to a 2017 campaign that saw her rise to a career-high fourth in the world rankings and reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon. After a rocky midseason, Konta and Fissette parted ways in order for her to attempt a fresh start.

"I'm delighted to confirm that Michael Joyce will be joining my team for 2018", Konta said in a statement.


He worked with Victoria Azarenka earlier this year and Konta is looking to take her game to a higher level with the new man on board.

Joyce worked with Maria Sharapova from 2004 to 2011, helping her win two grand slam titles and reach number one in the world. Now, she aims to rebuild herself alongside Joyce.


"2017 has been fantastic but I feel like there is so much more to come".

Can you think of any player - female or male - for whom that's the case? A left foot injury kept her off the court, and kept her from likely qualification at the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore.


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