John McEnroe and Harry Hopman

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  1. BeHappy

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    McEnroe was trained by Harry Hopman in college. He was noticably much bigger and stronger in his early years on the tour:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52hI8MlWj7A

    Much more diciplined in how he played too. He was hitting his groundstrokes bigger than Vilas here, out Vilasing Vilas!

    edit: Guess I was wrong about Harry Hopman coaching him in college, it was actually earlier. but I guess his having a scholarship in college meant he had to do what he was told and whatever physical programme they had him in college had a great effect on him. Maybe he would have been even better if he'd kept up his focus on fitness.
     
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    Hopman developed projects into players in the 70´s at the US.He coached JMac ( who was also coached by Palafox, a former player of the 60´s) and very specially Vitas Gerulaitis.I guess, he did a great job with Vitas but could never induce Mc Enroe into great work habits...
     
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    Hopman was at Port Washington as was Palafox, Brett, Moore and Gerulaitis's father (who was his main coach). Hopman took over the Pt Washington program in early 69 and i was there from 1974 thru 1978 as well (along with like 600+ kids). By the time JMac was off to Stanford - Hoppy was already spltting time in Florida and was pretty much gone from NY. Palafox was Jmac's main coach from the mid 70's on.......JMac always had some "babyfat" and didnt really start to lose weight and get really thin until after 1981.
     
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    Who was his coach at Stanford?
     
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    See this link to a good short article on Harry Hopman written by Chris Lewis.

    http://www.expert-tennis-tips.com/harry-hopman.html

    Some excerpts:

     
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    I wouldn't assume McEnroe was a lot stronger and muscular then, he had a lot of 'baby fat' that he lost around '81-'82.
     
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    That looks like muscle to me, not fat.
     
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    JMac was never muscular - from the Jrs on till about 82 he was somewhat chubby and he himself made lots of jokes about his "Hagen Daz" diet. He was pretty soft - even the year he spent at Stanford he caught flak for his work habits. He really didnt work hard (serious gym work) and watch his diet until after 1986 when he lost a ton of weight.
     
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    "At his camp, there were always dozens of inexperienced players, as well as the bigger names, and Hopman took a personal interest in all of them. "

    I can attest to that too. Hopman used to ride around in a golf cart and he would hop out and give pointers to the campers.
     
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    I have fond memories of a one-week adult camp visit to Bardmoor in the mid-80's. Mr. H. was still active but mostly involved in coaching the pros and a few juniors in attendance. He still took some time to meet all of us and watch a bit of the drilling we got from his staff. Vitas was there that week so he got most of Hop's attention. Mel Purcell was also training that week and he was a blast to hang out with! A great week indeed!
     
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