David Taylor

  • Age47
  • 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

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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Tomljanovic cherishes Wimbledon return
Ajla Tomljanovic; Getty Images
2 July, 2018

Entering Wimbledon with several grass-court wins under her belt, Ajla Tomljanovic is confident coming face-to-face with a credentialled opponent she knows well.
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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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