Johanna Konta turns to Sharapova’s previous coach to rediscover kind


Johanna Konta has appointed Michael Joyce as her new mentor. The British No1 has been searching for a alternative for Wim Fissette due to the fact their surprise and has turned to the 44-year-aged, who applied to coach Maria Sharapova.

Joyce will be in Konta’s camp for the 1st match of the new time in Brisbane, beginning on 1 January. “Michael is a fantastic mentor with a great pedigree and I’m really fired up to perform with him,” she mentioned. “2017 has been wonderful but I sense like there is so a great deal more to occur. Our to start with match collectively will be the Brisbane Global and the program is for Michael to vacation with me full-time by 2018.”

Konta finished her partnership with Fissette just after a to what experienced been . She received her most significant singles title of her occupation in Miami and adopted that up with a run to the Wimbledon semi-remaining, which despatched her to No4 in the entire world. But that proved the high point of her marketing campaign and a poor run of variety in the autumn led to her parting techniques with Fissette in Oct.

Immediately after a lengthy recruitment process she has now appointed Joyce, who labored with Sharapova for seven a long time in between 2004 and 2011 and served the Russian to protected two grand slam titles and the globe No1 ranking. The American, whose maximum rank as a participant was 64 in 1996, has most a short while ago worked with one more previous earth No1 Victoria Azarenka.

Konta has retained Gill Myburgh as her health and fitness mentor, Milly Mirkovic as her physio and Elena Sosa as her psychological mentor.