Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/20/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Viktor Troicki of Serbia plays a forehand in his first round match against Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador during day one of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
Dec. 7, 2012 — After being without a coach since September, world No. 38 Viktor Troicki has hired Australian Jack Reader. Viktor Troicki (L) and Jack Reader Reader worked with Alexandr Dolgopolov until October, helping the Ukrainian rise 300 spots and attain world No. 34 during their time together. Troicki had previously worked with Jan de Witt for seven years but the two split this fall after Troicki’s troublesome season. Speaking to Serbian paper “Novosti,” Reader joked that his trip to Serbia for Troicki’s off-season better have been worth it to leave his sunny Australia for the cold: “I am very happy that I have started working with Viktor … I told (him) that I hope he will be good and listen to me during training!” Even though the two have known each other for some time, the partnership began on recommendation from Troicki’s manager. And Troicki couldn’t be happier with having someone of Reader’s expertise on his team: “Jack is interesting, entertaining, knows all the pla
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