Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by XSTF, Nov 4, 2011.
BTW, thanks to the person for posting the initial vid.
On the other hand, it's not like your 2-hour lesson can make impact like that more than once in your coaching career. It's like Oscar Borras won US Open himself, as I'm afraid this will be the first an the last US Open in Nadal's career. Unless, of course, he goes back to school, like we saw he did with Oscar.
Video is priceless, and I'm afraid it won't be available on Youtube for very long due to legal reasons, so I saved it on my computer.
Maybe Oscar is planning to release his own training video or training regiment and wanted to put "has help Rafa with serve which led to a successful US open" in as a sell point. While we might have the right, what he did probably lost him the right to make the claim.
At any rate, I have read enough of Rafa's interview or tennis related books to get the sense that Rafa's team believe they have a formula to their man's success and they are pretty guarded about it. Even as we are condemning Oscar, can't deny we all benefit from the video =D
I've been a teaching pro for 19 years. In that time I've done well. I'll get back to that in a moment.
Some of my fellow friends/pros have the idea that they will really make it, Nick Bollettieri status, when one of "their" students "make it". I think that's crazy, but I think I'm a little more humble. So they feel like the player is "theirs" and others are trying to take them away, which is true. The new pro will be there when "their" student "makes it" and will get all the credit. This does happen, a lot, all the time! Does the player ever mention the other pro? Probably not. So, I understand Oscar's point of view, but it makes him look bad. Seriously, would you have heard of Oscar otherwise?
So I've taught kids who are now in college (big and small colleges), play in pro events, won prize money, and some will be on the tour. Are they going to say that I taught them? Probably not, because I won't be with them when they "make it".
Also, what's the difference between the "Bollettieri's" and me and other good pros? Nothing, in the way of teaching. I think it's the hunger to be famous. Can you imagine if you have that hunger and you finally get a break to work with Rafa? Oscar probably thought, "This is it! This is what I've been working so hard for! Now I'll be able to have my own academy, dvd's, spots in Tennis mag, speaking engagements, free tickets to all the events, etc."
When someone becomes a celebrity and very rich, there will be people trying to squeeze some money/fame out of him. Some do it by blackmailing from the past, some do it by trying to shame them (like the case here), some actually hatch elaborate schemes to grab the money. Not too long ago, there was a white-collar gang in LA whose members would physically collide with celebrities in public places and try to provoke a fight or claim medical expenses from injuries, and there was a network of doctors handling out bogus medical certificates about these people.
That's a good one ! thanks for the smile ~
it puzzled me why and how Nadal after serving so well in the previous USO declined or rather went back to his usual (pre improvement) serve speeds
after the Oscar controversy, could it be that Nadal went back to his old technique deliberately?
Hilarious because i used to always lock my arm like that until i saw this video a while back
Instructors tend to be territorial. But I've taken some of the ideas and used it for my own serve.
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