The next generation is knocking at the door!
I would like to take the chance and speak about one of these up and coming players.
Monica Puig, a young up and comer has had a couple of good results over the past months is just one of the younger players starting to make her mark. She has been with adidas since she was a junior. I remember watching her during one of her matches during the Junior Roland Garros. Back then, her first and second serve were about the same speed and she obviously lost a lot of points with the risky serve. But over the years her and her coach, Alain de Vos, have worked incredibly hard to get where Monica is and where she might get to.
Two years ago Monica came to train in Las Vegas with the adidas player development program (Darren Cahill, Gil Ryes, Sven Groeneveld and myself) prior to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. A lot of adidas players come there prior to this tournament because it is also higher altitude and the training facilities offered there are very good. The additional input and advice they get from the four of us and even sometimes from Stefanie Graf (who stops by and hits a few balls with the players) is of incredible value.
Monica has become such a great and charming personality and I am very happy for her and her team. A lot of good moments to look forward to such as the one today when she beat Sara Errani in straight sets. A gutsy tennis player who will stir up the WTA Tour over the next couple of years.
There is also some positive news for German tennis! Andrea Petkovic has been playing very well over the past couple of weeks. After the French Open she won a Challenger and went to the finals at a new women’s tennis event in Nuremberg, Germany. Today she won her first round pretty easily! She looks to be in great shape and I am looking forward to seeing her play in the next round!
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