Robson splits with coach Maclagan

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 /by
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Laura Robson has split with her coach of just four months, Miles Maclagan, who once coached Andy Murray.

After a poor clay-court season, Robson split with coach Zeljko Krajan prior to Roland Garros, and then hired Maclagan on a trial basis for the grass-court season. She reached the fourth round of Wimbledon and rose to a career-high rank of No. 27, but has sputtered since then. Throughout the summer Robson said that she and Maclagan were getting along fabulously, but she produced a disappointing stretch in Asia, going 3-4 in four tournaments and dropping to No. 46 in the rankings.

“Miles and I have decided not to continue our partnership," the 19-year-old Briton said in a statement. “I want to thank Miles for stepping in on quick notice to be my coach this summer. I have great respect for him as a person and coach and look forward to continuing our friendship. I will take a couple weeks off to refresh my mind and body and will keep my fans updated on my coaching situation."

Robson has also been coached by Patrick Mouratoglou (who now coaches Serena Williams) and Martijn Bok. She is planning to spend time practicing at the Nick Bollettieri Academy during the off-season.

The British press has mentioned a few candidates for the position, including Michael Joyce, who once coached Maria Sharapova and is currently coaching young American Jesse Pegula. Robson and Sharapova share the same agent. Joyce was offered the position before with Robson and declined.

Swede Thomas Hogstedt, who split with Sharapova during the summer, was also mentioned, but he has been rumored as the potential next coach of Caroline Wozniacki.

Robert Van't Hof, who coached Lindsay Davenport, is another potential candidate.

Robson has said in the past that she likes to work with British coaches since she can relate to them better, so it’s possible that Nigel Sears, the former LTA head of women’s tennis and the former coach of Daniela Hantuchova and Ana Ivanovic, will be considered for the job.

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