Ivanovic hired Kardon as new coach

Ana 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, according to Ivanovic’s official website.

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. He also worked with Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce, Jennifer Capriati and Xavier Malisse.

“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.”

Scott Byrnes will continue to serve as Ana’s strength and conditioning coach.

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