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hlkimfung
01-16-2009, 09:32 AM
Except Connors, Wilander and Cash, most retired players who coaches/coached active players are formerly second-tier, like Gilbert, Stefankie, Gabrieal Markus, Gumy, Manchinni, Chesnekov, Stolenberg etc

Do they need a living after tennis or do they simply enjoy being involve in tennis?

Why aren't the former top players try coaching?

Do you think Sweden and Germany's tennis would have been better if Edberg/Becker take part in developing their countries' tennis program?

Or tennis players are by nature selfish?

TheMusicLover
01-16-2009, 09:38 AM
1) 'Great Players' don't equal 'Great Coaches'...
2) it might well be that second-tier players make better coaches as they have more experience with losing (yeah, might sound strange, I hope you get my meaning...)

I guess it just comes to what these guys enjoy doing after their life as an active player...

orangettecoleman
01-16-2009, 09:41 AM
well a lot of top players like McEnroe make lousy coaches because they are better at playing and being talented than analyzing and coaching. Some of the players who have a more analytical game, like Wilander and Mecir for instance, have gone into coaching. I can't imagine McEnroe or becker being good coaches personally. Guys who think in terms of executing a game plan, analyzing weaknesses, that kind of thing are the guys who make good coaches. Stepanek will be a great coach someday I think. Santoro too. Add Andy Murray to that list as well.

Leublu tennis
01-16-2009, 11:20 AM
1) 'Great Players' don't equal 'Great Coaches'...
2) it might well be that second-tier players make better coaches as they have more experience with losing (yeah, might sound strange, I hope you get my meaning...)

I guess it just comes to what these guys enjoy doing after their life as an active player...

3) Money? Maybe some players need it and some don't.

urban
01-16-2009, 11:30 AM
Coaching in tennis is not as rewarding as say in soccer or other team sports. There you are really the boss, who manages and strategically directs a team. In tennis, the player is always the star. The coach today is highly depending on his player, or, in a team competition like Davis Cup, on his players. A great player, who turns coach, will always play second fiddle. Becker, who coached the German DC team for a short while, faced this dilemma and left the job early on. I think, Connors was too much a star himself, to coach someone less like Roddick, who makes much more money than him. In the older times, when players were more depending on their federations, it was maybe easier. Hopman for instance, himself not a great player, was accepted as a dictator by his players.

hoosierbr
01-16-2009, 12:08 PM
Edberg works quite a lot developing Swedish juniors, has done so for years. Bjorn Borg does as well.

Mac has coached players briefly in the past but it's never worked out.

Mick
01-16-2009, 12:11 PM
probably because the tennis pros cannot afford the salaries for such tennis legends.

SAFINATORZ
01-16-2009, 12:17 PM
need I say, McEnroe did make for a lousy coach. Back in 95 or 96 McEnroe did coach a clay court specialist by the name of SERGI BRUGUERA. Sergi had one of the worst results on the tour with mac on his side. Becker tried to help out kiefer at one time, however that didn't work out too well (as both players have huge ego's). Kiefer could've definietly turned out a better player with becker's advice.

But then again, the great one's don't need the headache of coaching the current crop players as they enjoy their time off from the tour. Besides most of them are well off financially!


well a lot of top players like McEnroe make lousy coaches because they are better at playing and being talented than analyzing and coaching. Some of the players who have a more analytical game, like Wilander and Mecir for instance, have gone into coaching. I can't imagine McEnroe or becker being good coaches personally. Guys who think in terms of executing a game plan, analyzing weaknesses, that kind of thing are the guys who make good coaches. Stepanek will be a great coach someday I think. Santoro too. Add Andy Murray to that list as well.

JohnS
01-16-2009, 12:19 PM
haha, as much as McEnroe talks about chipping and charging or S&V to other players on tv, I dont think the player's rankings would actually go down.

FlamEnemY
01-16-2009, 12:21 PM
Great Players don't necessarily become good coaches. Playing your game is one thing, teaching someone his game is completely different.

BTW, I believe Tipsarevic may become a great coach some day.