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Bradenton's Sarah Taylor, Former WTA Pro, Named USTA Coach

November 5, 2009 06:00 PM

 The USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.

The USTA announced that Sarah Taylor has been hired as a USTA coach, and will facilitate coaching and training programs while working with players in the USTA Player Development program at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. She will report to Ola Malmqvist, head of women's tennis, USTA Player Development.

"Sarah is a strong addition to our staff," said Patrick McEnroe, general manager, USTA Player Development. "She brings the experience of playing in Grand Slam events and has succeeded on every level of competition. I think our players will be able to feed off that experience and apply it to their own growth and development."

Taylor, 27, of Bradenton, Fla., joins the USTA following a stint as a tennis pro at Hollow Rock Racquet Club in Durham, N.C., where she worked while attending the University of North Carolina. 

Taylor played professionally from 2000-05 and won seven ITF Pro Circuit singles titles, including three straight USTA Pro Circuit titles at the $25,000 event in College Park, Md. Taylor competed in all four Grand Slam events and reached a career-high No. 67 on the WTA Tour in 2003. Additionally, she earned a silver medal in the 2003 Pan American Games. 

Taylor also had an accomplished junior career, reaching a career-high No. 11 in the ITF World Junior Rankings in 1998, and representing the United States in both the Connolly Cup and the Continental Cup during her career.   

The USTA Player Development unit has been created to identify and develop the next generation of American champions by surrounding the top junior players and young pros with the resources, facilities and coaching they need to reach their maximum potential. The Player Development program is based at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and also utilizes the USTA Training Center-West in Carson, Calif. 






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