View Full Version : Breaking: Maria Sharapova hires Thomas Hogstedt to co-coach with Michael Joyce!

Dec 5th, 2010, 12:52 AM
Sharapova fans have been waiting for this day! Although Michael Joyce isn't gone, this is a significant change for MS!

Former No.1 Maria Sharapova has hired Swede Thomas Hogstedt to co-coach her along with her longtime coach and friend, Michael Joyce, Tennis.com has learned.

Sharapova and Hogstedt will begin formerly working together this coming week at the Bollettieri Academy in Florida. It was Joyce who suggested bringing in another set of eyes to help work with his student. He and Hogstedt -- who helped bring China's Na Li to the top 10 and Tommy Haas to No. 2 in the world -- are said to get along well and have done clinics together.

Sharapova ended 2010 ranked No. 18 and was largely disappointed with her year at the Grand Slams. It's Joyce and Hogestedt's aim to get her to focus more on improving, rather than on her results. Three-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova has not won a major since the 2008 Australian Open and has struggled to regain her once lethal form since undergoing right shoulder surgery in October of 2008.

Sharapova did play both former No. 1's Justine Henin and Serena Williams extremely tough in tight losses at the French Open and at Wimbledon, but felt she underperformed in her loss to now No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki at the US Open. The 23-year-old is hoping that Hogstedt will help Joyce to smooth out the rough edges in her game. Hogstedt began to informally work with Sharapova and Joyce at a private court in her adopted home of Los Angeles in November. -- Matthew Cronin

Miss Atomic Bomb
Dec 5th, 2010, 12:54 AM
Aww Doni, look at you stanning after Pova :hearts:

Dec 5th, 2010, 12:55 AM
Can he coach footspeed and coordination? She really needs some of that. Good luck with this new partnership, it can only help IMO.

Dec 5th, 2010, 12:56 AM
Aww Doni, look at you stanning after Pova :hearts:

Brad, you know I would never do that! :o :lol:

Dec 5th, 2010, 12:58 AM
Step #2: Fire Joyce. :rolleyes:

Dec 5th, 2010, 01:00 AM
Step #2: Fire Joyce. :rolleyes:
Why he is not the reason for the decline in Maria's game. It her shoulder and her now womanly body.

Dec 5th, 2010, 01:03 AM
Her FB post makes a lot more sense now...

Getting ready for my trip to Monterrey for my exho against Vera. I have been working really hard on and off the court, it will be nice to play in front of a friendly crowd in a great stadium. My team and I have had a great off season, maybe my best ever so I am really looking forward to 2011. But before we get to 2011,... we have my favorite holiday, CHRISTMAS!!! My fingers are sore from wrapping gifts, I canít wait!!!

Dec 5th, 2010, 01:35 AM
Good news! Hopefully she can start getting herself back to championship form in 2011 :bounce:

Dec 5th, 2010, 02:44 AM
Thank God!

Dec 5th, 2010, 02:57 AM
Good luck to Maria in the new year then :hatoff:

Dec 5th, 2010, 05:42 AM
Good idea Maria !! Hope for the best performance next year Can't wait to see her play

Dec 5th, 2010, 07:03 AM
Anyone who doubted Sharapova's committement for the game after her engagement must consider otherwise. Like I've said before, she will hang on until the Olympics for sure and it's clear to see GS are Maria's target for 2011. I bet she doesn't think Wozniacki owns her one bit after the USO this year. Time for some big revenge in 2011 :cheer:

Dec 5th, 2010, 07:09 AM
Step #2: Fire Joyce. :rolleyes:

:lol: This.
And :hearts: hope he does her some good :)

Marilyn Monheaux
Dec 5th, 2010, 07:31 AM

Ps. Player's forum. :p

Dec 5th, 2010, 07:36 AM

Dec 5th, 2010, 07:57 AM
I hope this can help inspire Maria in 2011. She is too good of a player to go down like she did at the end of 2010. Their are issues with her defensive skills (which can drive me crazy..as you can see I like girls with good defense..Woz,Kim,Capriati) but what her game can display when she is "on" offensively is :eek::eek::D

so good luck this coming season Maria:)

Pops Maellard
Dec 5th, 2010, 08:45 AM
Maria. :yeah:

Dec 5th, 2010, 08:47 AM

Dec 5th, 2010, 09:29 AM
Maria :bounce: totally gonna rock next year.


and never wake up again please :wavey:

Dec 5th, 2010, 09:35 AM
and never wake up again please :wavey:

Dec 5th, 2010, 10:05 AM
Just shows how hungry Maria still is. Hope she blasts away the AO field :worship:

Dec 5th, 2010, 10:13 AM
Maria :bounce: totally gonna rock next year.

and never wake up again please :wavey:



cn ireland
Dec 5th, 2010, 10:54 AM
Good news:yeah:

Hoping for a great 2011 from her;)!

Dec 5th, 2010, 11:09 AM

Dec 5th, 2010, 11:28 AM
Maria :bounce: totally gonna rock next year.

and never wake up again please :wavey:

Really disagree with the 'sleeping beauty' analogy here.

I'd say more Snow White!!

Dec 5th, 2010, 11:32 AM
Maria :cheer: 2011 here we come!

Break My Rapture
Dec 5th, 2010, 11:48 AM
Michael Joyce. :bowdown: That is SUCH a brave and admirable decision to bring along someone else as coach to help Maria. :yeah:

I really hope Thomas will be new, good inspiration for Maria. :D Getting really excited now.

Dec 5th, 2010, 01:55 PM
Comforting news!! All we wanted! Smart move again, Good Luck Masha!!! :cheer: I'm so happy :)

Dec 5th, 2010, 03:17 PM
Great news! Hope this change makes the difference :) Good luck!

Dec 5th, 2010, 03:56 PM
Getting my hopes up :unsure:

Dec 5th, 2010, 04:37 PM
I find this so strange he works with players for such short periods, this year he was coaching Li Na and had a role in chinese tennis, he was also coaching upcoming Swedish talent Ellen Allgurin, I guess both are terminated now :o

Anyway Best of luck to Maria ;)

Dec 5th, 2010, 04:41 PM
I think Sharapova would benefit from not having Joyce as coach at all. Thing is that she clearly considers him a friend and has a sense of loyalty to him. If Joyce hadn't suggested this she probably wouldn't have done it.

Dec 5th, 2010, 05:17 PM
This is FANTASTIC NEWS!!! I'm saying that any changes are great and this is definitely One of them!
It's doesn't matter whether Joyce is with her or not.

My question to you si who is he and what have he done?

Keep going Maria, at least you showed me that you still want to win!! :wavey:

Mistress of Evil
Dec 5th, 2010, 05:18 PM
Hope its for the best.

Dec 5th, 2010, 07:10 PM
Great news :bounce:

Dec 5th, 2010, 07:22 PM
Can 2011 be awesome?
This seems like a step in the 'yes' direction. But I won't get my hopes up.

Dec 5th, 2010, 07:45 PM
It can't be worse than this year for sure

Dec 6th, 2010, 06:08 AM
Legit to Mikey for suggesting it. This is imo what she needs, Mikey still there but a fresh mind also.

Dec 6th, 2010, 09:17 AM
Yay for that decision :cheer: hope it works out for her

Dec 6th, 2010, 09:57 AM