PLAYER PROFILE

David Taylor

  • Age44
  • 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

New coach points to Stosur’s weapons, professionalism
Sam Stosur is through to the Prague final. Photo: Getty Images
27 June, 2016

Sam Stosur's new coach Andrew Roberts says the Australian is among the most professional players he's every worked with and believes she can do some damage at Wimbledon.
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Stosur and Taylor to split
Sam Stosur (R) and David Taylor prepare for Australian Open 2016; Getty Images
18 April, 2016

With David Taylor increasingly struggling to combine coaching duties with strenuous travel and family demands, he and Sam Stosur will part ways following Roland Garros.
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David Taylor stars on WTA Insider podcast
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
13 April, 2016

Australian David Taylor, who guided both Sam Stosur and Alicia Molik to the world's top 10, joined the WTA Insider podcast to discuss all things coaching.
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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 samstosur.com, Sam Stosur's coach David Taylor dissects Stosur's chances against nemesis Flavia Pennetta in the US Open fourth round.
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