Ivanovic working with boyfriend's physio

by: TENNIS.com December 21, 2011


Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic has been working with renowned golf osteopath Tina Maio of Australia, who also works with the Serbian’s boyfriend, golfer Adam Scott, TENNIS.com has learned. Ivanovic has been spending the off-season in Australia with Scott.

Maio owns her own practice in Melbourne and has also worked with golfers Stuart Appleby and Ian Poulter. She is a part-time consultant to the Victorian Institute of Sport and is said to have a "particular interest in the prescription of exercise to overcome injuries and to rectify imbalances caused by poor posture and bad habits."

Earlier this month, strength and conditioning trainer Scott Byrnes left Ivanovic’s team, just five months after he left Victoria Azarenka to reunite with the Serb.?? Byrnes worked with Ivanovic between July 2006 and July 2009, when she won her sole Grand Slam at the 2008 French Open. ??Ivanovic parted ways with her fitness trainer and childhood friend, Marija Lojanica, in March; during Wimbledon, she announced that she had hired Nigel Sears to be her coach, who stepped down as the head of women’s coaching for the Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association.

After working with Ivanovic, a source told TENNIS.com that Maio had different ideas than Byrnes did as to the type of exercises that would work best with the Serbian's body type.  Ivanovic experienced shoulder and abdominal problems last year and is said to have felt much better after her sessions with Maio. After communicating to Byrnes that there were some exercises that he was having her do that no longer worked for her, the two amicably parted ways. Ivanovic is said to have much better rotation in her right shoulder than she did much of this season.

It is unclear whether Ivanovic will hire a new full-time fitness trainer, but she is done with off-season heavy part of her conditioning work and may just choose to hire someone part-time. - Matt Cronin

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