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Johanna Konta turns to Sharapova’s former coach to rediscover form

• Michael Joyce will join British No1 after departure of Wim Fissette
• Konta’s form tailed off in 2017 after impressive start

Johanna Konta has appointed Michael Joyce as her new coach. The British No1 has been looking for a replacement for Wim Fissette since their surprise split in October and has turned to the 44-year-old, who used to coach Maria Sharapova.

Joyce will be in Konta’s camp for the first tournament of the new season in Brisbane, starting on 1 January. “Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree and I’m really excited to work with him,” she 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.”

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