Day 10 from the Sony Open 2013

Hello all,

What an amazing performance by Tommy Haas! Tennis is a crazy sport. You never know what will happen. Tonight the German will face Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Dieter Kindlmann, a former professional has been traveling with Maria Sharapova and her team for a couple of weeks now. He is doing a great job and is very humble person. He and Thomas Högstedt make sure everything is running smoothly and Maria can focus on what she is doing bet at the moment for sure – playing tennis and winning matches. Recently he started a job with the Bavarian tennis federation, but of course the federation released Dieter for this exceptional opportunity.

Maria Sharapova in action at the Sony Open 2013

Maria Sharapova in action at the Sony Open 2013. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Sara Errani lost today to Maria Sharapova 5-7, 5-7. Talking about the maximization of a player’s potential, I think you all agree that Sara Errani and her team are doing a very good job.She and her coach have been woking together for a long time, and they have basically done everything from making adjustment on the technique to a racquet change.

Not only is she a great singles player, but she and her partner Roberta Vinci also claim the number 1 position on the doubles tour.

Enjoy the tennis and more to come tomorrow.

Mats
@matsmerkel

Day 8 from Sony Open 2013

Wozniacki works on her clay court game with Mats.

Wozniacki works on her clay court game in Florida.

Hello all,

Today I went off site on the clay courts with Caroline Wozniacki and her team. Since most of the players will start playing clay court tournaments, we looked for courts in Key Biscayne. Caroline was working on getting used to sliding again. My colleague Sven Groeneveld did some exercises with her. We had two sessions with her. Doing drills, hitting lots of balls, 2 on 1s with Jean Rene Lisnard and me.

Movement on clay is very important, and the better you move the better you get in position to hit a good shot. Therefore it’s crucial to work on this important part of your game.

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Action starts for seeded WTA players at Sony Open 2013

Yesterday there was a monsoon-like storm, and matches had to be suspended for hours. In seven years I have not experienced anything like this here in Miami.

Today is the first day when a part of the seeded players will be starting their matches. Caroline Wozniacki is warming up for her match later on against Karolina Pliskova, who is a big server.

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