PLAYER PROFILE

David Taylor

  • Age41
  • Born13 October 1972
  • Birth PlaceTumut, New South Wales
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Began playing tennis aged eight and started coaching in 1992
  • Became a coach on the WTA Tour in 1995, based out of the Hopman Tennis Academy in the US
  • Touring WTA coach from 1995 to 2000
  • Coached at the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Florida from 1995-2000
  • Appointed by Tennis Australia as the national women’s travelling coach in 2001, working with Alicia Molik, Evie Dominikovic and Nicole Pratt
  • Nominated Australian Fed Cup coach in 2002 and 2003
  • Coached several top 20 WTA players, including former World Number 1’s Martina Hingis and Ana Ivanovic, US Open Champion Sam Stosur and Olympic bronze medallist Alicia Molik
  • Appointed captain of the Australian Fed Cup team in 2006 and has led the team for seven ties
  • Named the Australian Institute of Sport’s tennis program women’s coach in 2007, working with Casey Dellacqua, Jessica Moore and, currently, Stosur
  • Coached the Australian women’s team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Guided Sam Stosur to her maiden Grand Slam title, the 2011 US Open
  • Stepped down from the role of Fed Cup captain in December 2012 (Alicia Molik was named captain in January 2013) to focus on coaching Sam Stosur
  • David Taylor and Sam Stosur parted ways in August 2013. More

David Taylor in the news

Australia’s newest tennis star arrives
Ajla Tomljanovic celebrates her defeat of No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round at Roland Garros; Getty Images
26 August, 2014

Ajla Tomljanovic is considered a future top 10 star and a marketing delight, and on Tuesday she makes her Grand Slam debut for Australia at the US Open in New York.
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Stosur parts ways with Maclagan
Sam Stosur in action at the WTA AEGON Classic in Birmingham, England; Getty Images
21 June, 2014

Sam Stosur says her split with coach Miles Maclagan just days out from Wimbledon was amicable and it won’t throw off her preparations.
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Stosur and Taylor part ways
Sam Stosur plays a forehand as her coach David Taylor looks on during a practice session ahead of Australian Open 2013 at Melbourne Park; Getty Images
17 August, 2013

Australian No.1 Sam Stosur announces in a statement that she and long-time coach David Taylor are parting ways.
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Stosur’s game not too risky, says coach
Samantha Stosur of Australia plays a forehand as her coach David Taylor looks on during a practice session ahead of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia; Getty Images
14 January, 2013

Samantha Stosur's coach says Martina Navratilova is wrong.
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