Baby E has finally announced her new coach, American Craig Kardon:
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.
Other notable pupils of the Texas-based Kardon include 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.
That's not a horrible set of pupils. And the idea of a coach that will encourage attacking is great. And from everything I've read he seems like a very positive guy, a cheerleader, and a good mentor. All things Ana needs.
I just wish he had a different name. It sounds like Craig Hardon.
More info on the new member of Team Ivanovic: