Former top-ranked player Ana Ivanovic has appointed American Craig Kardon as her new tennis coach. The pair will work on a trial basis, beginning at next week’s Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships.
Ana is also set to take part in the BNP Paribas Showdown in New York in less than three weeks. She’ll be joined by Venus and Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic for the one-night extravaganza.
The 47-year-old Kardon is the former coach of eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova: they worked together during the last of her nine Wimbledon titles in 1990.
Other notable ex-pupils of the Texas-based Kardon include Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce and Jennifer Capriati.
“I’m happy to begin working with Craig,” said Ana. “We’re going to see how it goes in the beginning and then I’ll make a decision about the longer-term future.
“I feel like I made good progress during the Fed Cup tie and I’m not so far away from finding my old form. Craig has a lot of experience, he encourages attacking tennis and I am hopeful we will achieve some good results together.”
The 21-year-old Ivanovic won the 2008 French Open and held the No. 1 ranking for nine weeks before Serena Williams reclaimed it. She is currently No. 8 after an early exit from the Australian Open.
Shortly before the Australian Open last month, Ivanovic parted ways with her former mentor Sven Groeneveld.
Scott Byrnes will continue to serve as Ana’s strength and conditioning coach.
What else has Ivanovic been up to? Filming some sequences for a feature that will be shown on HBO television around the time of the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition in New York next month.