Two top 20 players on the women’s tour have announced coaching changes this week. Former No. 1 Maria Sharapova has tabbed former Dutch player and Adidas coach Sven Groeneveld to become her new coach.
“I’m happy to announce my official partnership with Sven Groeneveld,” Sharapova posted on Facebook. “We’ve been working together since I got back on the court and after seeing him on the opposing side for so many years, I’m excited to have him become a part of my team. It has been a very seamless transition and I have had a lot of fun with the hard work we have put in so far. Looking forward to the year ahead.”
Groeneveld has worked with Ana Ivanovic, Monica Seles, Tommy Haas and Greg Rusedski among others in the past.
The Russian star had worked with Thomas Hogstedt for years until leaving him for Jimmy Connors during a brief, one-tournament partnership this summer. Sharapova has been off the tour since August with a shoulder injury.
Sharapova wasn’t the only Top 20 player making a coaching move this off season. Rising American star Sloane Stephens, who beat the Maria-Jimmy tandem at Cincinnati, will work on a trial basis with former Roger Federer coach Paul Annacone.
Federer let Annacone go earlier this fall while Stephens had been working with David Nainkin.
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