Johanna Konta sacks coach Michael Joyce after falling down world rankings

12 Octobre, 2018, 14:09 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Johanna Konta and Michael Joyce

British No.1 Johanna Konta has split with coach Michael Joyce after less than a year of working together.

Konta is playing in Moscow next week and hopes to have a new coach in place in time for pre-season training. Then, at the end of last season, she parted with Wim Fissette, who has gone on to revive the fortunes of Angelique Kerber.

It has been a tough season, at least in the grand slam events, with first-round losses at the U.S. and French Opens and second-round exits at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

She made it to the final of the Nottingham Open in June, her only final of the year, but has not been beyond the second round of her past six tournaments.

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Konta's ranking has fallen from nine to 45 in 2018.

Konta's previous splits came as a surprise, as in both 2016 and 2017 she had earned seven-figure sums while finishing in the world's top 10 and reaching a grand-slam semi-final.

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

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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