2016 Quick Hits
Week 1 Ranking: No.47
Year-End Ranking: No.10 (Career-High No.9, 10/10/2016)
Season Highlights: Title at Stanford
Best Major Result: SF (Australian Open)
— WTA (@WTA) December 22, 2016
Johanna Konta's first off-season as a member of the Top 10 has been nothing if not eventful. Following the conclusion of a year that brought 46 wins, one title and a jump of 37 places up the rankings, Konta was rocked by the death of mental coach Juan Coto, a significant figure in her spectacular rise.
Soon after, the Brit split from long-term coach Esteban Carril, before teaming up with the well-respected Wim Fissette for a trial period at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton. Fissette has an excellent record, having taken three of his previous charges to a Grand Slam final.
Konta will hope the new arrangement will elevate her game to the next level. "I guess he's been on the tour for quite some time, so I'm definitely looking forward to being a sponge and absorbing as much of his experience and knowledge through the years," she said in an interview with The Independent. "He's been with Kim and some of the players I'm currently playing against. Again, it's early days. I think there's only so much that you can feel out in the training block, and then the year starts. That's when you really feel how you get along."
"I am a firm believer - and this applies to every single team member - that I'm looking for a partner. I like working together harmoniously. I like being involved in my own development, having my input. It's basically about a partnership more than anything."