Johanna Konta hires Maria Sharapova's 'fantastic' former coach

Johanna Konta hires Maria Sharapova's 'fantastic' former coach

British world No. 9 Johanna Konta has named American Michael Joyce as her new coach for the 2018 season following her split from Belgian Wim Fisette in October.

2017 has been incredible but I feel like there is so much more to come.the plan is for Michael to travel with me full time through 2018', said Konta, who split with Wim Fissette in October.

The two have begun preparing for Konta's first tournament of the season in Brisbane, the first week of January.

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

Konta described Joyce as a fantastic coach with a great pedigree as she confirmed the American will travel with her full-time in 2018. After a rocky midseason, Konta and Fissette parted ways in order for her to attempt a fresh start. Her strong play in 2017 sets her up to be a top contender in the coming year. Now, she aims to rebuild herself alongside Joyce. The successful partnership ended abruptly after Konta narrowly missed out on a place in the WTA Finals in Singapore following a run of five straight defeats. He spent six years as part of former World No 1 Maria Sharapova's team and most recently coached Victoria Azarenka throughout 2017.

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