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Johanna Konta eyes 2018 WTA Tour run with coaching change

07 Décembre 2017

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British number one Johanna Konta has confirmed that Michael Joyce will be her new coach.

Michael Joyce was a moderate player on the men's tour, reaching a high point of No 64, but he made his name by coaching Maria Sharapova for almost seven years at the high point of her career. Her strong play in 2017 sets her up to be a top contender in the coming year.

A failure to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals saw the Australian-born ace part company with Fissette and, after shutting her season down due to injury, she took her time to find a replacement. The 44-year-old Joyce has previously worked with former number ones Maria Sharapova, whom he guided to two grand slam titles, and Victoria Azarenka, whose team he joined in early 2017 before leaving the Belarusian's coaching squad last week.

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Given Azarenka's well-publicized custody issues, which seem a long way from resolved and are keeping her off the court indefinitely, Joyce had to consider his options.

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

"I'm delighted to confirm that Michael Joyce will be joining my team for 2018", Konta said in a statement. She reached the semifinals at the 2016 major tournament.