Konta turns to ex-Sharapova coach for 2018

Johanna Konta appoints Michael Joyce as her new coach

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

And, as she prepares for the start of the new season and the first grand slam of 2018, the Australian Open, the British world number nine has turned to American Joyce.

But after a poor end to the year that saw her slip down to ninth in the world rankings, she split with Fissette.

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"I'm delighted to confirm that Michael Joyce will be joining my team for 2018", she said in a statement. "2017 has been fantastic but I feel like there is so much more to come", Konta told the WTA website. "Our first tournament together will be the Brisbane International and the plan is for Michael to travel with me full-time through 2018". Her strong play in 2017 sets her up to be a top contender in the coming year. Fissette quickly signed on with former No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who parted ways with Torben Beltz. A left foot injury kept her off the court, and kept her from likely qualification at the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore. Now, she aims to rebuild herself alongside Joyce.

Joyce spent six years as part of Maria Sharapova's team and for much of this year has been working with Victoria Azarenka, who remains involved in a custody dispute.

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