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Report: Konta To Hire Joyce


Johanna Konta's is in discussions to hire Michael Joyce as her new coach.

The Wimbledon semifinalist met with Joyce at the All England Club and is nearing a deal to hire him as coach, the BBC's Russell Fuller reports.

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Joyce, who formerly coached Maria Sharapova, has been working with Victoria Azarenka since last summer. But he announced today that the pair has split.


Former world No. 1 Azarenka is embroiled in a custody case that prevents her from leaving California with her 11-month-old son Leo. Azarenka was unable to travel to the U.S. Open or Belarus' Fed Cup final vs. the United States earlier this month.

While Azarenka has received a wild card into Auckland in January, it is uncertain if she will resolve legal issues with her son's father, Billy McKeague, that would permit her to travel to New Zealand.

With Azarenka's and Joyce calling it quits, Konta seems like a logical choice. 

The British No. 1 parted company with Wim Fissette, her coach of less than a year, last month.




Working with Fissette, Konta reached a career-high rank of No. 4 following her run to the Wimbledon semifinals where she fell to Venus Williams.

"I will be working with my team over the coming weeks to find the right way forward for me and my tennis," Konta said when announcing her split with Fissette. "The goal is to get a new coach or coaches in place as soon as possible but the focus will be on making the right decision rather than a quick decision.

"I feel very excited and optimistic about the future and very committed to improving and becoming the best tennis player that I can be."

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