David Taylor

  • Age43
  • Born13 October 1972
  • Birth PlaceTumut, New South Wales
  • Playing StatusRetired
“The good thing at least is Sam's beaten her a couple of times so that's a mental hurdle cleared.”

— David Taylor, 29 May 2015

» Coach backs Stosur to challenge Sharapova

  • 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; they reunited in April 2015
  • In between he worked with Croatian-born Australian Ajla Tomljanovic

David Taylor in the news

Taylor: Stosur can beat Pennetta
Sam Stosur (R) plays doubles with Flavia Pennetta at Wimbledon 2014; Getty Images
7 September, 2015

In an exclusive interview with, Sam Stosur's coach David Taylor dissects Stosur's chances against nemesis Flavia Pennetta in the US Open fourth round.
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Todd Talks: Stosur deserves more credit
Sam Stosur celebrates a point during her second-round victory over Caroline Wozniacki at the China Open in Beijing; Getty Images
5 August, 2015

By far Australia's most successful player in the past six years, Todd Woodbridge believes Sam Stosur warrants more plaudits for her achievements and feels she can be a force…
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Coach backs Stosur to challenge Sharapova
Sam Stosur in action during her second-round victory over Amandine Hesse at Roland Garros 2015; Getty Images
29 May, 2015

One believer, other than Sam Stosur, giving the Australian underdog a shot of ending Maria Sharapova's French Open title defence on Friday is David Taylor.
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Stosur storms into third round
Sam Stosur in action during her second-round win over Amandine Hesse at
27 May, 2015

UPDATE: Sam Stosur has thumped Frenchwomen Amandine Hesse to reach the third round at Roland Garros. Maria Sharapova is next.
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