WTA Tour

Sharapova hires Groeneveld

2013-11-22 10:32
Maria Sharapova (Getty Images)

Bradenton - Former world number one Maria Sharapova has hired Sven Groeneveld, one-time mentor of Monica Seles and Mary Pierce, as her new coach.

The Russian tennis star has been without a formal coach since an ill-fated experiment with eight-time Grand Slam champion Jimmy Connors, which lasted just one match at the WTA tournament in Cincinnati in August

"I'm happy to announce my official partnership with Sven Groeneveld," Sharapova, ranked fourth in the world, said Thursday.

"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, of the Netherlands, is a respected coach who has worked with numerous players as a consultant and coach in the Adidas Player Development program.

He consulted with Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during her spell atop the world rankings, helping her reach her lone Grand Slam final at the 2009 US Open.

Sharapova, 26, split with long-term coach Thomas Hogstedt after a second-round exit at Wimbledon.

Later in the season she was sidelined by bursitis in her right shoulder, missing the US Open and the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Sharapova is expected to return to competition at the Brisbane International, a 2014 Australian Open tuneup that starts December 30.

Read more on:    wta  |  maria sharapova  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.