Johanna Konta appoints former Maria Sharapova coach as Wim Fissette replacement
Johanna Konta has appointed Michael Joyce as her new coach.
The British No 1 has been on the lookout for a replacement for Wim Fissette since they parted firm in October and has turned to the 44-year-old, who used to coach Maria Sharapova.
Joyce might be in Konta’s camp for the primary match of the brand new season in Brisbane, beginning on 1 January.
“Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree and I’m really excited to work with him,” she introduced on Wednesday.
“2017 has been wonderful however I really feel like there’s a lot extra to return.
“Our first tournament together will be the Brisbane International and the plan is for Michael to travel with me full-time through 2018.”
Konta ended her partnership with Fissette after a disappointing finish to what had been a powerful 2017. She gained her greatest singles title of her profession in Miami and adopted that up with a run to the Wimbledon semi-final, which despatched her to quantity 4 on this planet.
But that proved the excessive level of her marketing campaign and a poor run of kind within the autumn noticed her half methods with Fissette in October.
After a prolonged recruitment course of she has now appointed Joyce, who labored with Sharapova for seven years between 2004 and 2011 and helped the Russian to 2 grand slam titles and the world primary rating.
The American, whose highest rank as a participant was 64 in 1996, has most just lately labored with one other former world primary Victoria Azarenka.
Konta has retained Gill Myburgh as her power and conditioning coach, Milly Mirkovic as her physio and Elena Sosa as her psychological coach.