Johanna Konta appoints Michael Joyce coach

British world number nine Johanna Konta has named American Michael Joyce as her new coach for the 2018 season following her split from Belgian Wim Fisette.

British tennis star Johanna Konta has named Michael Joyce as her new mentor.

British tennis star Johanna Konta has named Michael Joyce as her new mentor.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a solid start to 2017, winning the Sydney International and Miami Open titles and hit a career-high number four world ranking before injury and poor form saw her miss a WTA Finals berth.

Joyce, 44, has previously worked with Maria Sharapova, whom he guided to two grand slam titles, and Victoria Azarenka, whose team he joined in early 2017 before leaving the Belarusian's coaching squad last week.

"I'm delighted to confirm that Michael Joyce will be joining my team for 2018," Konta said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree and I'm really excited to work with him. 2017 has been amazing but I feel like there is so much more to come."

Konta will begin her 2018 season at the Brisbane International, which is scheduled to start on December 31.

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