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Xuxa Kuerten
03-30-2009, 06:07 PM
Hello, there. Very recently the former coach of Gustavo Kuerten, Larri Passos, conceded an interview to a brazilian well-known tennis blog. He trained austrian Tamira Paszek until last year.

He talked about his pupil, Guga, and mentioned that an hipothetical match between him and Nadal would be a very tough one. He thinks Kuerten could have won five RGs hadn't he had so much physical issues.

But what have called my attention was that he is willing to return to the pro circuit, despite being married and having two children. And then he said the following about Federer (my translation - I hope I didn't screw up the meaning of his statement):

"If I could train one and a half hours per day with Federer, he would learn new secrets of clay and could even win Roland Garros". "The biggest difficult however is how to make a former number one tennis player of the world, with so many glories to sacrifice himself and restart to make a few basic exercises, to strive on trainings."

Here's the link (in portuguese): http://tenisjn.zip.net/arch2009-03-16_2009-03-31.html#2009_03-28_15_55_31-2919530-0

So, what do you think? Would Larri (or another well-known "clay-specialist" coach) help Roger to achieve a RG title?

egn
03-30-2009, 06:46 PM
Honestly anything is worth a shot for fed and I say take it, this guy made Kureten win 3 slams there and says he can do it. He obviously wants to do it. Why not try it? What more does he have to lose? Another French Open final to Rafael Nadal?

bdawg
03-30-2009, 09:33 PM
Federer seems stubborn, and wont' choose a coach that easily. I think he might go into RG without a coach again! A big mistake in my humble opinion.

TennisandMusic
03-30-2009, 09:54 PM
Just what would those "secrets" of clay be? Sounds kinda stupid to me.

EtePras
03-30-2009, 10:16 PM
One and a half hours? No wonder Federer can't rally with Nadal and Murray any more.

ruerooo
03-30-2009, 10:52 PM
But what have called my attention was that he is willing to return to the pro circuit, despite being married and having two children. And then he said the following about Federer (my translation - I hope I didn't screw up the meaning of his statement):

"If I could train one and a half hours per day with Federer, he would learn new secrets of clay and could even win Roland Garros". "The biggest difficult however is how to make a former number one tennis player of the world, with so many glories to sacrifice himself and restart to make a few basic exercises, to strive on trainings."

Here's the link (in portuguese): http://tenisjn.zip.net/arch2009-03-16_2009-03-31.html#2009_03-28_15_55_31-2919530-0

So, what do you think? Would Larri (or another well-known "clay-specialist" coach) help Roger to achieve a RG title?

I think it would be interesting if they at least met and talked about it -- especially since the family v. travel issue was (allegedly) what derailed the discussion between Roger and Darren Cahill.

And, as you say, he kind of makes it clear that he'd like to do it.

I'm not sure, though, how tactical it was for him to put Roger's potential weakness (the "basic exercises" comment) right out there in public, though. He might have shot himself in the foot before even getting started with that one -- and that makes me wonder how much he knows about Roger's temperament, and whether they would gel, to even be quoted saying something like that.

But I would love to see Roger think about it, although I wouldn't want to see Rafa lose (I think he'd probably be more serene about it than his fans would; when he loses he always says things like "it happens sometimes").

After all, if LP can offer him additional things so Roger has no concerns about "losing a step" on other surfaces while focusing on Roland Garros (I mean, it was Guga who knocked him out in 2004, right?) -- what has he got to lose?

Xuxa Kuerten
03-31-2009, 07:13 AM
I think it would be interesting if they at least met and talked about it -- especially since the family v. travel issue was (allegedly) what derailed the discussion between Roger and Darren Cahill.

And, as you say, he kind of makes it clear that he'd like to do it.

I'm not sure, though, how tactical it was for him to put Roger's potential weakness (the "basic exercises" comment) right out there in public, though. He might have shot himself in the foot before even getting started with that one -- and that makes me wonder how much he knows about Roger's temperament, and whether they would gel, to even be quoted saying something like that.

But I would love to see Roger think about it, although I wouldn't want to see Rafa lose (I think he'd probably be more serene about it than his fans would; when he loses he always says things like "it happens sometimes").

After all, if LP can offer him additional things so Roger has no concerns about "losing a step" on other surfaces while focusing on Roland Garros (I mean, it was Guga who knocked him out in 2004, right?) -- what has he got to lose?

Yeah, I personally think it would be awesome if they join together for the clay season. It would be great for tennis.I do think Roger needs to learn a few clay shortcuts and tricks in order to get a chance to win RG. Despite general consensus, Rafa is beatable on clay when he's not playing his best tennis. Larri is a great coach. He has vast knowledge about tennis and is also a good strategist. But one fundamental problem is that the brazilian is widely know as a tough commander (as it is, for instance, Luis Felipe Scolari, former world champion soccer coach with Brazil in 2002 and former coach of Portugal on last World Cup), as someone who physically pushes his trainees up to their limits, sometimes on a very firm way. He truly dictates what he thinks is best for his players; his frank conduct sometimes shocks the people who surrounds him. I don't know if Federer would be able to face and to commit himself to the level Larri would want him to. Unfortunately it seems Roger is wanting a coach who actually doesn't demand him too much and act more as a psychologist (what is good and necessary, but is not sufficient for him right now imo).
And I agree that Larri may have made some form of a negative marketing of himself by implying that Roger would have to "start to make a few basic exercises". On the other hand, the brazilian gave this interview during a web transmission of a juniors match here in Brazil, so I guess he didn't think so carefully at about what he was saying. It's interesting to see that his statements had absolutely no repercussion outside Brazil, what I think is kinda weird because his 20-year parnership with Guga, a world class player, is one of the most successful of modern tennis.