Jelena Jankovic has hired Henner Nehles, a former UNLV standout player from Germany, as her new coach, TENNIS.com has learned. Former No. 1 Jankovic has also severed ties with her agency, IMG, and is now being managed by the Las Vegas-based Linda Long, who once was an executive with Puma and Nike.
Nehles, who also helped coach the UNLV women's team, will travel with Jankovic to Australia. While the 26-year-old Serbian finished 2011 ranked No. 15 and reached two finals, she has not won a title since Indian Wells in March of 2010. Jankovic was most recently coached by Ricardo Sanchez, who is now helping coach No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
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Oh my God, who the damn is he? Well, she can only be better so I hope that the Nehles one helps her reach the Top 10 again. I can see an interesting outcome.
People keep saying this, but I don't understand why. Realistically, her ranking right now is VERY flattering for the kind of season she had... it's artifically inflated by the fact she kept getting first-round byes and cushy draws thanks to being a top 10 player for the first half of last season (a privilege now gone). She's probably on course to drop out of the top 20 unless she lifts her game.