Michael Joyce is in no doubt the world No9 has what it takes to win a grand slam – starting at an Australian Open in which 20 players have a chance of the title
David Foster Wallace, one of the sport’s finest chroniclers, once described Johanna Konta’s new coach, Michael Joyce, as “a world-class tennis player”. And he was, indeed, the best junior in the United States in 1991 and good enough to reach the boys’ final at Wimbledon.
But DFW would come to know that it was as a guide and mentor where Joyce, who reached a career-high ranking of 64 and earned just under $700,000 in 14 years on the Tour, would excel in the sport. And it was the calm intelligence with which he helped Maria Sharapova fashion her career between 2004 and 2011 that Konta recognised as most valuable in aiding her bid for a breakthrough major.