MADRID, Spain - Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens' big week of announcements continued on Thursday as the recently-engaged American updated her coaching team to include Sven Groeneveld.
Runner-up at Roland Garros last spring, Stephens took to Twitter to share a photo with the longtime coach on site at the Mutua Madrid Open's Caja Magica:
— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) May 2, 2019
Groeneveld coached former World No.1 Maria Sharapova to the 2014 French Open title and worked with the Russian until last March, when the pair announced their split following the BNP Paribas Open.
In addition to Sharapova, Groenevld has worked with the likes of Monica Seles, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Mary Pierce, Caroline Wozniacki, and Ana Ivanovic - the latter when she both won the French Open and became World No.1 in 2008.
Stephens previously worked with Kamau Murray until towards the end of last season, winning her maiden major title at the 2017 US Open and backing that up with a second major final in Paris, peaking at World No.3 last summer.
She enjoyed a solid start to the clay court season at the Volvo Car Open, where she reached the quarterfinals, and led the United States to a 3-2 victory over Switzerland in Fed Cup.