World number two Maria Sharapova has confirmed eight-time major winner Jimmy Connors is to be her new coach.
The 26-year-old Russian, who yesterday revealed she had parted ways with Swedish coach Thomas Hogstedt after almost three years together, said she was looking forward to linking up with the 60-year-old American on a full-time basis after their brief stint together in early 2008.
"I am happy to announce that Jimmy Connors will be my new coach," she said in a statement on www.mariasharapova.com.
"I have known Jimmy for many years and we briefly worked together in 2008 just before the Australian Open.
"I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments."
"I am really excited about our new partnership" - Maria Sharapova
Connors coached compatriot Andy Roddick for almost two years up until March 2008.
Sharapova and Hogstedt linked up at the end of the 2010 season and he helped her return to the top of the game after her shoulder problems.
Their best moment together came last summer when Sharapova completed her set of grand slam titles by winning the French Open and reclaimed the world number one ranking.
The news comes two weeks after Sharapova, now ranked number two behind Serena Williams, crashed out in the second round of Wimbledon to Michelle Larcher De Brito.