British number one Johanna Konta has confirmed that Michael Joyce will be her new coach. The 44-year-old American reached a high of 64th in the world as a player, and spent six years as part of Maria Sharapova's team. He worked with Victoria Azarenka in 2017.
"Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree," said Konta. "I feel like there is so much more to come." Sharapova won the US Open and the Australian Open and became world number one while being coached by Joyce.
Konta, who has not played since October because of a foot injury, climbed as high as fourth in the world in 2017. She reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon and won the prestigious Miami Open this year while working with Belgian coach Wim Fissette. Their partnership ended soon after Konta narrowly failed to secure a place in the WTA Finals in Singapore following a run of five defeats.
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.
Joyce will be Konta's third coach in as many years although change did her no harm last year when she replaced Esteban Carril with Wim Fissette and retained her place in the world's top 10.