PLAYER PROFILE

David Taylor

  • Age51
  • Born13 October 1972
  • Birth PlaceTumut, New South Wales
  • Playing StatusRetired
“She’s set out goals, she wants to get a lot more defined in her playing style; looking for forehands, using her movement in an offensive way, not just a defensive way. Having clear patterns of play to build her game around. I like that, the fact she’s looking to be a lot more structured.”

— David Taylor, 29 Mar 2019

» David Taylor to coach Daria Gavrilova

  • 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
  • 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

Junior ranking movers: Emerson Jones rises to world No.2
Emerson Jones. Picture: Tennis Australia
29 May, 2024

Gold Coast talent Emerson Jones becomes the highest-ranked Australian in the ITF junior girls' rankings since Ash Barty in 2011.
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Coaching spotlight: Former Australian No.1 now guiding next generation
Annabel Taylor (then Ellwood) in action at Australian Open 2001. Picture: Getty Images
15 May, 2024

Former pro player Annabel Taylor (nee Ellwood) reflects on her tennis journey and shares her passion for coaching.
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Jones finishes runner-up in girls’ singles at Australian Open 2024
Australian Open 2024 girls' singles champion Renata Jamrichova with runner-up Emerson Jones. Picture: Getty Images
27 January, 2024

The exciting winning run of Gold Coast teen Emerson Jones comes to an end in the Australian Open 2024 girls' singles final.
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Emerson Jones: A rising star of Australian tennis
National Tennis Academy player Emerson Jones. Picture: Tennis Australia
23 June, 2023

Meet Emerson Jones, one of Australia's most promising junior talents and a National Tennis Academy athlete.
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