PLAYER PROFILE

David Taylor

  • Age48
  • 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 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

Resurgent Stosur thriving as 2020 journey begins
Sam Stosur at the Brisbane International. (Getty Images)
8 January, 2020

Reinvigorated after almost 20 years on the pro circuit, Sam Stosur has unfinished business ahead of the Australian summer, which began brightly for her in Brisbane.
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Stosur presented with Spirit of Tennis Award
Sam Stosur accepts the Spirit of Tennis Award at the 2019 Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards. (Getty Images)
2 December, 2019

Sam Stosur has won the Spirit of Tennis Award at the Australian Tennis Awards for her outstanding leadership and professionalism, as well as her positive impact on the sport in…
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Gavrilova eyeing Fed Cup glory for Australia
Daria Gavrilova celebrates Australia's 3-2 win over the United States in the Fed Cup World Group first round in February 2019 in Asheville, North Carolina (Getty Images)
12 April, 2019

Buoyed by a renewed sense of optimism, Daria Gavrilova is back in the Fed Cup team environment in which she thrives, and is hoping to help deliver Australia success in Brisbane.
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David Taylor to coach Daria Gavrilova
David Taylor (L) will coach Daria Gavrilova, beginning in the European clay-court season (Getty Images)
29 March, 2019

The highly-credentialled Australian coach will begin working with the Aussie No.3 during the clay-court season and will continue through the grass season.
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