Originally Posted by Ash_Smith
The parents job is to Parent. The coaches job is to coach. Never the two shall mix
(at least in my opinion)
So many pros didn't follow that model though... just off the top of my head, Connors, Agassi, Nadal (ok, uncle), Seles, Williams(es), Bartoli, Sharapova...
Of course it takes the right kind of parent, the right kind of relationship and the right kind of parental intervention, but it certainly seems like parental influence can be a powerful force for improvement (if not always a thoroughly positive one).
To take an analogy from another field, Suzuki method
calls for extensive and continual parental involvement in the child's musical development. I'm not sure that tennis is so different.