Konta confirms her choice of Joyce as new coach

Johanna Konta last played at the China Open in October

She confirms a coaching change, adding Michael Joyce as a replacement to Wim Fissette.

Sport reported in November that talks were ongoing to appoint the 44-year-old American.

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.

Joyce worked with Maria Sharapova from 2004 to 2011, helping her win two grand slam titles and reach number one in the world.

Michael Joyce previously helped Maria Sharapova to two Grand Slam titles
Michael Joyce previously helped Maria Sharapova to two Grand Slam titles

Konta described Joyce as a fantastic coach with a great pedigree as she confirmed the American will travel with her full-time in 2018.

Her first tournament with Joyce is set to be the Brisbane International, which starts on 31 December.

He worked with Victoria Azarenka earlier this year and Konta is looking to take her game to a higher level with the new man on board. Now, she aims to rebuild herself alongside Joyce. She also has strength and conditioning coach Gill Myburgh, physio Milly Mirkovic (longtime physio for the LTA) and mental coach Elena Sosa on her payroll.

She hasn't won a match since the third round of the Premier 5 event in Cincinnati in mid-August, and has a semifinal (and 780 ranking points) defend at the Australian Open next month.

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