Stosur hires Brit coach Maclagan
Originally published on: 08/11/13 00:00
Maclagan, who has also coached Laura Robson, Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber and Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, will guide Stosur through offseason training and into the New Year.
Having been without a coach since parting with her trainer of six years David Taylor after the US Open, Stosur revealed she is happy to have Maclagan on board in Sydney.
“Travelling without a coach for the past couple of months has given me an insight into what I need and also has forced me to think about my game a lot more, rather than relying on other people,” Stosur told samstosur.com. “I hope that Miles can help me play consistent, high-level tennis.
“I do not think I need someone to completely change my game, but rather just add little pieces,” she added.
The Australian No.1 has coped well without a coach, making the final of three successive tournaments this autumn and winning the first, in Osaka. However, her rank has dropped from ninth at the end of 2012 to 18th this month, meaning a new direction is top of her priorities.
“I am excited to work with a new coach and get some fresh insight into my game,” Stosur said. “My manager (Paul Kilderry) has known Miles for many years and I also thought that he ticked all the boxes that I was looking for in a coach. Once we started looking, Miles was my first choice.”
Stosur’s first taste of competitive action in 2014 comes when the 29-year-old partners Bernard Tomic in the Hyundai Hopman Cup, before playing the Hobart Invitational a week before Melbourne.
She won two titles in 2013, in Japan and Carlsbad, but failed to progress past the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time in four years.