Radwanska appoints Navratilova as coach
Originally published on 09/12/14
Navratilova, who spent 332 weeks as world No.1 (and 237 weeks as the world’s best doubles player), will work alongside Radwanska’s current coach, Tomasz Wiktorowski.
Appointing eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl as coach helped Andy Murray win his first major at the 2012 US Open, while 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic played a crucial role in Marin Cilic’s win at Flushing Meadows in September. Now, former Wimbledon finalist Radwanska hopes Navratilova can help her win her first major.
"I am absolutely delighted that Martina has agreed to help me and my team next season," Radwanska said. "She is my idol in tennis and I am honoured we will be working together. Her achievements speak for themselves and I hope that I can learn from all her experience.
“My goal is to win a Grand Slam, so to have someone with Martina's accomplishments in my corner is going to be hugely advantageous and give me a big boost. We are originally from a similar part of the world so we share an understanding about tennis and life, which I'm sure will translate into a successful relationship."
Navratilova, who also works as a commentator for BT Sport and the Tennis Channel, will begin working with Radwanska ahead of the new season in Australia.
"I did not sleep very well last night, thinking about getting back into match mode and the competitions," Navratilova admitted. "I am really excited about this opportunity to join Agnieszka's team and work with Tomasz and it is going to be a fun challenge. I was delighted when Agnieszka asked me if I would collaborate with Tomasz and I can't wait to get started."
Wiktorowski said: "I have been discussing this idea with Aga for a couple of months now and Martina is absolutely the perfect person to add to the camp. We can all learn a lot from her and we are hopeful that she can help us take that next step."