He's the man who turned Samantha Stosur into a grand slam champion and Shellharbour's Ellen Perez is hoping he can take her tennis to the next level after she recently linked up with David Taylor.
Perez employed the services of the veteran coach in December after an inconsistent 2019 that saw her achieve success on the doubles court while her singles ranking slipped.
Taylor's resume is as long as it is impressive, the 47-year-old leading Stosur to the 2011 US Open title, as well as coaching former world number one's Martina Hingis and Ana Ivanovic and current Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik.
With 2020 shaping as a pivotal year in Perez's career, the 24-year-old is confident Taylor can help her soar up the WTA rankings throughout the coming 12 months.
"David is very experienced," Perez said. "He's worked with top 10 players, Sam, Naomi Osaka, Martina Hingis, Ana Ivanovic, I'm pretty excited to see what type of insight he has.
"It's a fresh year, a new coach, I think it will be good for my game and I'm excited to see where he can take me.
"It's only been a month, but I've enjoyed working with him so far. He's very positive and it's been refreshing to do a lot of new drills."
Perez's ties with Stosur will deepen next week when she teams up with the 35-year-old in the Brisbane International doubles tournament.
The Shellharbour talent will also contest singles qualifying, which commences on Saturday. Perez enters the tournament on the back of a singles title at this week's Manly Seaside event.
The pair will also combine forces at the upcoming Australian Open, a competition Stosur won in 2019 with China's Zhang Shuai. Like in Brisbane, Perez will play qualifying for singles in Melbourne.
Should all go to plan throughout the next few weeks, the pair will look to remain together in the medium term.
With Stosur achieving so much success in doubles play before she broke through on the singles court, Perez is looking forward to learning from her more experienced partner.
"There's a lot of players who have had similar pathways, doing well in doubles where it's a little easier to make it on the tour. Ash Barty had a similar pathway, she made it in doubles first and look at her now, she's the best player in the world.
"I'm really excited to partner with Sam, she'll be the most experienced partner I've had. She's a great friend and role model, I've always looked up to her, so to play with her is exciting.
"Having to defend her Australian Open title will be a big task, but I'm up for it and we're looking forward to getting started in Brisbane."
While Perez is eager to experience success in the Australian summer, she also has a bigger goal in mind for 2020. Compete at the Olympics.
With qualifying for the tournament particularly difficult, Perez is optimistic her union with fellow Australian Stosur will help her achieve that goal.
"I'd love to play at the Olympics in Tokyo. It's realistically possible, especially in doubles, singles I'll need to improve a lot.
"Working with Sam doesn't hinder that idea. It's tough, a lot needs to happen between now and then but if I can get my doubles ranking up, it will put me in a position to go there."
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