Azarenka parts with coach Michael Joyce


Azarenka parts with coach Michael Joyce

A journalist of The New York Times, Ben Rothenberg tweeted about Victoria Azarenka's coach Michael Joyce leaving the Belarusian. In 2014, Rothenberg was the first to tell the world about Azarenka parting with Redfoo.

"Vika is an incredibly talented tennis player," Rothenberg recalls Joyce's words. "I'm very glad to see her return to tennis." I also support and respect her decision to put the family in the first place. I'm deeply sorry, but I have to move on in my coaching career, as long as she is dealing with her personal life. I look forward to her soon return to the tour and I wish her good luck.

Azarenka introduced Joyce, former coach Maria Sharapova, as her coach in March 2017, when she was preparing for return to the court in Minsk after giving birth. Under Joyce Vika played at two tournaments: in Mallorca she lost in the second round, and at Wimbledon lost to Simona Halep, whom she met in the fourth round.

Soon after that, it became known about the child custody dispute between Azarenka and former boyfriend Billy McKeague. The couple has boy Leo Alexander. The couple broke up in July 2017, and in October they entered a lawsuit that is taking place in Los Angeles. Because of the trials after the Wimbledon tournament, Azarenka could not play, including in the final of the Federation Cup Belarus v USA, which was held in Minsk in November and Belarus lost narrowly 2:3.

According to the BBC, Joyce will train Great Britain's No.1 Johanna Konta, who is now 9th best in the world.

Azarenka said in November that she is going to play at Auckland in January 2018.