Maybe Mirka works for the Ivanovic camp too:
Ana Ivanovic is generally ebullient and outgoing in public, but she and her camp tend to be guarded about certain things, such as who gets to speak for them. Her new interim arrangement with coach Craig Kardon is no exception. After finishing a hitting session with the Serbian star before last week's Billie Jean King Cup exhibition at Madison Square Garden, which pitted Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic against the Williams sisters, Kardon politely declined interview requests and said he had been asked not to comment until and unless he is formally hired.
Ivanovic has had a strong long-term working relationship with physical trainer Scott Byrnes but has long resisted the idea of taking on a full-time traveling coach, preferring to work part time with the savvy, genial Sven Groeneveld, whose services are available to all athletes under contract with Adidas -- except when they face another player in the Adidas stable. (Ivanovic will not work with Groeneveld while Kardon coaches her.) To her credit, Ivanovic realizes it's time to make a change. She has won only one tournament (Linz, Austria) since her breakthrough Grand Slam title at last year's French Open and admitted her confidence suffered during an injury-marred second half of 2008.
Kardon's lengthy trial period began in mid-February and will last through two of the year's most important hard-court tournaments -- Indian Wells, where Ivanovic is the defending champion, and Miami. The 47-year-old former pro made his name as a very young coach starting in the late '80s, served as a development coach for the U.S. Tennis Association and has helped guide some stellar talent, including Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce and Jennifer Capriati.
Another former charge, doubles specialist Lisa Raymond, still plays for Kardon every July on World TeamTennis' Philadelphia Freedom and considers him a friend. "Experience is one of the main things he brings to the table, having worked with so many top players in the past,'' Raymond said in an e-mail. "He is a hard worker, a good player and pushes you. I hope for him it works out.''
I really hope this thing with Coach Craig works out. It would really suck if she went into RG without a coach. Who else is going to keep all the important information from her?