Victoria Azarenka appears to have found another coach, a further indication that she is planning a return to competition.
The two-time Grand Slam champion has hired Sacramento State coach Slava Konikov, said a press release from the university.
Azarenka has been off the tour for months because of a custody dispute involving her son, Leo, which placed her under a court order limiting her travel. But the former No. 1 has received a ruling in her favor pending appeal, according to TMZ.
Azarenka had been working with Michael Joyce, but the coach left to join Johanna Konta during the offseason, citing Azarenka's lengthy custody dispute preventing her from competing.
The Belarusian had requested a wild card into Auckland and the Australian Open, but she withdrew from both events.
Azarenka will have a protected ranking upon her return to tour.