2014 Coaching/Player Relationships on the ATP and WTA

I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for tennis season to be back in full force! I am counting down the days until the Australian Open! But until then, let’s discuss some player/coach relationships as it seems like lately there has been an influx of new relationships being formed.

It’s not new to see former pros on the coaching end of things, but it seems like lately, all of our favorite players from the past have made their way back to the circuit via coaching. Brad Gilbert has worked with the best of them — everyone from Agassi, Roddick, Andy Murray to Nishikori and even Sam Querrey. Some of those relationships blossomed in chemistry, and some were duds. In 2013, we saw Sharapova hire, and quickly fire, Jimmy Connors — but let’s be honest, there wasn’t enough room on the court for those two superstars. Then there was Martina Hingis’ stint in coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchnkova…until Martina realized how much she missed the limelight and competition.

So, who do we have paired up in 2014?

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Federer and Edberg are working together in 2014 — photos by Cynthia Lum

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Thanksgiving is here…and GOAT is on the table!

Another year in the ATP is in the books. Four majors have been played, 3 separate men have captured those titles. The pros are busy preparing for the year to come. So, who can we crown the GOAT of 2013? Rafa? Nole? Murray? The discussion is on the table!

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our Tennis Warehouse GOAT

Rafael Nadal. After receiving the “Legend Award” this week in Spain, Nadal proves to be possibly the GOAT of 2013…and possibly of all time. With his domination on most surfaces he competes on and his all-out physical game, we have seen Rafa take a new approach to tennis this year with taking chunks of time off to properly train and rehab. With the French Open and US Open titles under his belt plus 8 other titles, it’s an impressive feat indeed. But can we really give the GOAT award to a player with an early 1st round exit from Wimbledon?
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Men’s Semifinals

Hello all,

After some amazing tennis yesterday with a great comeback and win from Sabine Lisicki, there is a promise of much more amazing tennis to be played.

photo by Cynthia Lum

photo by Cynthia Lum

Novak Djokovic, who has his spot in the men’s final against Andy Murray, has been traveling with a quite a big team around him throughout the past years. His tennis coach, Marian Vajda, is an experienced coach that always has been there for Novak when he needed him. Miljan Amanovic is Novak’s physio. He used to work in basketball and football before teaming up with Nole. He has been working with Novak for many years and I believe he is a great person to have around with his great sense of humor and the perfect mentality when it comes to getting work done. The physical trainer of Nole is Gebhard Phil-Gritsch. He used to work with Thomas Muster a former French Open champion. He is very experienced and knows exactly what he is doing. He always says how little improvements can have a huge impact. I guess he has been spot on. When he started working with Novak in the end of 2010 he worked a lot on the flexibility which was clearly to see in 2011.

 

Mats

@matsmerkel

New King of Monte Carlo

After beginning the week not even sure if he would be able to compete, Novak Djokovic and his Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro have dethroned 8 time back to back champion Rafael Nadal to take the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Title.

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Image courtesy of HEAD

In defiance of the bad ankle injury he endured at Davis Cup just two weeks ago, Nole took to Facebook last Tuesday to assure fans that he would be competing at Monte Carlo and was sure he was ready to get back on the court. Despite dropping the first sets of his first two matches, Nole looked to be moving and playing just fine by the quarterfinals. Watching the finals, it became clear that there isn’t anyone on the ATP Tour right now that can consistently go toe to toe with Nole and his solid groundstrokes. Nadal’s reign ended and his streak was laid to rest as Nole blasted balls from the baseline exposing Nadal’s weakness. Coming away with a 6-2, 7-6 victory, Nole couldn’t have been happier to win the elusive Monte Carlo title.

“If somebody told me 10 days ago I’d be winning the trophy, I wouldn’t think it’s so realistic, to be honest. I went through pain, I went through a big challenge, mentally, physically, emotionally, and in the end it was getting better as the tournament was going on. It was a high mountain to climb for me, and I knew that. It was the biggest challenge that you can have on clay. But I managed to overcome it. I was ready to accept that challenge. I made the decision to play – and it was the best decision I’ve made in my life.”

- Novak Djokovic

Djokovic only seems to continue to improve steadily while collecting titles on his way. His groundstrokes are so clean, crisp and consistent — he’s finding so much success while using his Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro, which begs the obvious question, why aren’t more touring players choosing the Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro Racquet as their racquet of choice? (I personally can say, it’s currently one of my top 3 favorite racquets and I love it from the baseline.) But back to the topic at hand, what can we expect from Nole next? With a couple weeks of rest and practice before Roland Garros, only time will tell who will be named the King of the Clay in 2013!

Play with heart,

Michelle