Johanna Konta appoints Michael Joyce as new coach ahead of 2018 season

Johanna Konta appoints Michael Joyce as her new coach

Johanna Konta adds Maria Sharapova's ex-coach Michael Joyce to team

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

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. "I feel like there is so much more to come". "Our first tournament together will be the Brisbane International and the plan is for Michael to travel with me full-time through 2018". Donna Vekic snapped up Beltz. Now, she aims to rebuild herself alongside Joyce.

The 44-year-old Joyce has previously worked with former No. 1s 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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It has probably been underpublicized that Konta's entire team - with the exception of Joyce - is female. 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. She will start the new season in Brisbane, then will play Sydney before Australian Open.

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