London | Konta appoints Joyce
Following all the rumours that have surrounded Jo Konta on who would be her new coach, the British No1 confirmed yesterday that she has appointed Michael Joyce to replace Wimm Fissett with whom she parted company last October.
Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree and I’m really excited to work with him, Jo Konta
Joyce, 44, who has previously coached Maria Sharapova for seven years during which time she picked up two major titles to reach the top of the rankings, became available when he parted company with Victoria Azarenka, another former world No1, who is embroiled in a legal battle with the father of her child which limits her movements.
“Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree and I’m really excited to work with him,” Konta said. “2017 has been amazing but 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.”
As she mentions, she had had a brilliant first half of the year winning the Miami title and reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon to peak at No4 on the world rankings. Unfortunately, her form fell off and she has slipped to No9 and picked up a foot injury which brought her season to an early end.
Konta has retained Gill Myburgh as her fitness coach and Milly Mirkovic as her physio with Elena Sosa as her mental coach, and will start her 2018 season in Brisbane before attempting to defend her title in Sydney, ahead of the Australian Open.