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By Chris Oddo | Sunday December 2, 2018

 
Madison Keys

The former World No.7 will work with the former Belmont boss, effective immediately.

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Madison Keys has hired Jim Madrigal to be her coach in 2019.

The 23-year-old American will work with the former coach of Tennys Sandgren at the USTA’s facilities in Orlando in December.

Keys went 29-14 in 2018 while working primarily with Dieter Kindlmann (through may) and David Taylor (from may onward). Keys continued to prove herself as a big-match performer with runs to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and to the semis at the French Open and U.S. Open.

Madrigal was the head coach of Belmont University in Tennessee for 18 years before he guided Sandgren to his best year on the ATP Tour in 2018. Sandgren reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and finished the season at 61 in the world after reaching a career-high of 47.

Tennis Express

“I could not possibly be more excited to begin working with Madison,” Madrigal told Tennis Takes. “She’s such a great player, an amazing person, and is eager to improve her game in a handful of areas that we both agree will put her in a position to have a positive and exciting 2019.”

Keys, a former World No.7, was recently named to Forbes 30 under 30 list, due to her anti-bullying work with internationally recognized “Fearlessly Girl.”

 

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