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Sharapova Hires Eight-Time Grand Slam Winner Connors as Coach

July 13, 2013

Maria Sharapova has hired eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion Jimmy Connors as her new coach, one day after splitting with Thomas Hogstedt.

“I have known Jimmy for many years and we briefly worked together in 2008 just before the Australian Open,” Sharapova, ranked No. 2 by the WTA Tour, said in a statement on her website. “I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments.”

Sharapova, 26, was knocked out in the second round at Wimbledon last month by qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal. The Russian began working with Hogstedt in 2010 and won the French Open two years later to complete the career Grand Slam of claiming all four major championships at least once.

Connors, 60, won 109 singles titles during a 20-year career and was ranked No. 1 in the world three times, including a three-year run from 1974 to 1977. He retired from the ATP Tour in 1991 and was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame seven years later. In 2008, he quit as Andy Roddick’s coach after 19 months.

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