Maria Sharapova hires and fires Jimmy Connors in 33-35 days

Maria Sharapova hires and fires Jimmy Connors in 33-35 days

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Here I was thinking that maybe Connors could corral that shrieking, but alas it is not meant to be.  a few tennis analysts speculated that maybe Sharapova hired Connors to try and give Sharapova an edge against Serena Williams.  This is probably the most ridiculous reason I heard as it is the lack of mobility that limits Sharapova against Serena.  Anyway, here is the story:

 

Following a loss to Sloane Stephens at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Maria Sharapova split with her coach, former men’s tennis star Jimmy Connors. The Tuesday defeat was Sharapova’s and Connors’ first, and only, match as player and coach.

According to Max Eisenbud, Sharapova’s longtime IMG agent, the relationship was not jelling in the few weeks they worked together following Wimbledon.

“It’s not the right fit at this time in her career,” he said.

Eisenbud said Sharapova would go it alone at the U.S. Open in New York and play without a coach.

The Times of London was the first to report the news.

Sharapova hired Connors in mid-July after she parted with longtime coach Thomas Hogstedt following a second-round loss at Wimbledon. She and Connors, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, worked together for one month.

The world No. 3 hired Connors despite his lack of coaching experience. His only other stint at the professional level was a 19-month partnership with Andy Roddick that ended in 2008.

Though the Sharapova-Connors pairing had skeptics from the outset, there was the belief that the brash coach could help Sharapova with the mental aspect of her game. On the court, Sharapova is one of the toughest fighters on either tour. But a nine-year losing streak to Serena Williams has hindered her career and will undoubtedly affect her legacy. Connors’ successful battles with top rivals like Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe could have made him a good instructor on how to solve Williams.

Sharapova took off from tournament play this summer to work with Connors. Cincinnati was the debut of their partnership, with the big stage set for later this month at the U.S. Open. It looked fruitful — for the first few minutes, at least. Sharapova took the first set against Stephens 6-2, then dropped the next set in a tiebreak and fell 6-3 in the third.

Connors was gone soon after. He tweeted on Thursday that he was back home in California andrelaxing with a “vodka on the rocks.”