Maria Sharapova has “parted ways” with her coach of three years and teamed up with Jimmy Connors. Will she have the same kind of success as the Murray/Lendl team or will it be a short-lived, tumultuous relationship?
I vote for the second choice.
ESPN.com reported, “A day after announcing she was parting with Thomas Hogstedt, Sharapova posted on her website Saturday that she would work with the eight-time major champion.
“Connors coached Andy Roddick for two years before resigning in 2008. He briefly worked with Sharapova before the 2008 Australian Open.
“Hogstedt coached Sharapova for nearly three years. She said Friday he wouldn’t be able to travel in the near future and they agreed she should find a new coach.”
I think some players respond better to outside coaching than others (think of Roddick and James Blake) and predict that those personalities are too strong to stay together. I give it SIX MONTHS. Other opinions?
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