Tennis: Agnieszka Radwanska hires Martina Navratilova as coach

USA tennis player Martina Navratilova in action during the ladies legends doubles final. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is to coach former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska after Christmas, the Polish star has announced on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AC
USA tennis player Martina Navratilova in action during the ladies legends doubles final. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is to coach former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska after Christmas, the Polish star has announced on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES

PARIS (AFP) - Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is to coach former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska after Christmas, the Polish star has announced on Tuesday.

The 2012 Wimbledon finalist took to Twitter to announce the news, saying: "So happy to announce Martina as the newest member of my coaching team!"

Navratilova, a 59-time Grand Slam winner across singles, doubles and mixed doubles disciplines, will help Tomasz Wiktorowski in her first major coaching role.

"I did not sleep very well last night, thinking about getting back into match mode and the competitions," she told the Women's Tennis Association website. "I am really excited about this opportunity to join Agnieszka's team and work with Tomasz and it is going to be a fun challenge."

Radwanska, 25, is currently ranked sixth in the world but has never won a Grand Slam, reaching just the one final two years ago. Navratilova, on the other hand, won 18 singles Grand Slam titles as well as 31 in doubles and 10 in mixed doubles.

The Czech-born 58-year-old, a naturalised American, also spent 332 weeks as world No. 1 in singles and also a record 237 weeks as No. 1 in doubles. She won a record nine Wimbledon singles titles.

"I am absolutely delighted that Martina has agreed to help me and my team next season," Radwanska said. "She is my idol in tennis and I am honored we will be working together. Her achievements speak for themselves and I hope that I can learn from all her experience.

"My goal is to win a Grand Slam, so to have someone with Martina's accomplishments in my corner is going to be hugely advantageous and give me a big boost."