(November 21, 2013) Maria Sharapova has tapped Sven Groeneveld as her new coach. I was just three months ago that the Russian split with her last coach, Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors, just after one match.
I’m happy to announce my official partnership with Sven Groeneveld.
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.
Sharapova’s play in the second half of the year was hampered with bursitis in her right shoulder. She played only one match after falling in the second round of Wimbledon – the one match where Connors was her coach in Cincinnati in August.
Groeneveld, has worked with Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki when he was part of the Adidas tennis development program. He left the program in the fall. He also worked with Monica Seles and Mary Pierce.
The four-time major champion, who ended the year at No. 4 in the world, will kick off her 2014 campaign at the Brisbane event which begins on December 29, 2013.