Tennis star Maria Sharapova parted ways with her long-time tennis coach after a disappointing outing at Wimbled that ended with a second-round exit, but she has wasted no time in hiring a new coach. Sharapova has hired eight-time Slam champion Jimmy Connors to replace Thomas Hogstedt.
Connors doesn’t have much experience as an elite tennis coach, but Sharapova is still excited to work with the 60 year old.
“I am happy to announce that Jimmy Connors will be my new coach,” Sharapova said on official website. “I have known Jimmy for many years and we briefly worked together in 2008 just before the Australian Open. I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments.”
Connors took to Twitter to express his excitement:
Excited to be working with 4 time GS champion @MariaSharapova Adding to that number is the goal. Looking forward to some fun & hard work!
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) July 13, 2013
As our friends at Sports Illustrated point out, the biggest area that Connors can help Sharapova is with intensity and focus as she works to solve the riddle that is Serena Williams.