Maria Sharapova hired Jimmy Connors, eight-time Grand Slam champion, as her new tennis coach

Two days ago Sharapova said about ending her successful three-year partnership with Thomas Hogstedt. Today she announced that eight-time Grand Slam champion Jimmy Connors will be Hogstedt’s successor:

 “I am happy to announce that Jimmy Connors will be my new coach. 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.”

Jimmy-Connors

Why did Sharapova do it? Is Connors able to strengthen her play and if “yes”, in which way?   I asked a tennis coach about Sharapova’s decision. He said:

“I thought Hogstedt did a good job. Connors strengths, hard flat ground strokes and intense competitiveness, would seem to match Sharapova’s.”

What do you think? Let’s discuss that. .

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