Monday, 17 December, 2018

Johanna Konta splits with Michael Joyce - her third coach in three years

Konta reached a career-high of world No 4 after run to the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2017 Konta reached a career-high of world No 4 after run to the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2017
Cassandra Castillo | 12 October, 2018, 14:11

Johanna Konta is on the search for yet another coach after bringing an end to her ten-month partnership with Michael Joyce.

Konta's ranking has slipped this season - she is now down to 45 having been as high as four in the world following her run to the semi-finals of Wimbledon past year.

Konta reached the second round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and went out at the first-round stage of the French Open and US Open.

American Joyce, 45, had previously been Maria Sharapova's coach for seven years.

Konta failed to progress past the second round at any of this year's Grand Slams and, after winning just one of four matches she has featured in during the Asian swing, has chose to look elsewhere.

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And so, for the third year in a row, Konta has decided to make a change.

Konta, 27, insisted on several occasions this year that she was improving, but this was not evident in her results....

She has also moved management companies, and is now with StarWing Sports, which has enjoyed success with Stan Wawrinka and signed Kyle Edmund this time previous year.

Starwing also manages British male No 1 Kyle Edmund and its chief executive Lawrence Frankopan was instrumental in successfully pairing him with coaching duo Freddie Rosengren and Mark Hilton, which has seen the 23 year-old Yorkshireman rise to No 14 in the world.

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