American tennis player Steve Johnson has hired coach Peter Smith as he hopes adding a familiar face to his team will help him rediscover his old form, per Baseline. Johnson and coach Smith know each other well, having worked together at the University of Southern California (USC).
Johnson, 29, recently split from his longtime coach Craig Boynton. The 29-year-old has been struggling with his form throughout the whole season as he has plummeted to No. 99 in the world. Johnson, a former world No. 21, is on the verge of being ranked outside the top-100 for the first time since March 2014.
Under the guidance of coach Smith, Johnson put up historic numbers in college tennis as he is considered the greatest college player of all time. Johnson led the USC to four consecutive National Championships from 2009-2012 and also ended his college career on a 72-match win streak in singles.
However, coach Smith won't be traveling with four-time ATP champion Johnson during the whole season. "Hopefully we can make some magic again," Johnson told Baseline.