Michael Joyce gets no respect.

flymeng

Semi-Pro
Michael Joyce is only call Maria Sharapova's hitting partner but not coach. Michael is an ex-pro. The highest ranking he had achieved is 64. Not too bad. Yuri is Maria's official coach. Do you think Yuri has better tennis knowledge and skills than Michael? What are Yuri's credentials? We know that Yuri can signal to Maria that it is time to eat a banana. :mrgreen:
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
Yuri's credentials are his DNA.

No idea what Joyce makes. But if he thinks the grass is greener somewhere else, he should make the jump. But as the old saying goes, "Be careful what you ask for..." The title Coach may look cool - but if your player is getting knocked out early, hitting coach may start looking pretty cool.
 

Max G.

Legend
flymeng said:
Michael Joyce is only call Maria Sharapova's hitting partner but not coach. Michael is an ex-pro. The highest ranking he had achieved is 64. Not too bad. Yuri is Maria's official coach. Do you think Yuri has better tennis knowledge and skills than Michael? What are Yuri's credentials? We know that Yuri can signal to Maria that it is time to eat a banana. :mrgreen:
He's called the hitting partner presumably because that's his job - to hit with Maria.

Yuri is called the coach because he's the one that coaches Maria - suggests what to work on, gameplans, tactical help, helps direct practices.

Regardless of how smart a hitting partner is or how unqualified a coach is, that does not make a hitting partner into a coach. "Coach" and "hitting partner" are descriptions of what the people DO, not what their "qualifications" are.
 

Greg Raven

Semi-Pro
Considering that Joyce bills himself as a "tennis cheater," one might argue that he's lucky to have any tennis-related job.
 

phat

Rookie
Michael was not a hitting partner with Maria when she won the Wimbledon, no? So Yuri must have done something right coaching his daughter.
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
flymeng said:
Michael Joyce is only call Maria Sharapova's hitting partner but not coach. Michael is an ex-pro. The highest ranking he had achieved is 64. Not too bad. Yuri is Maria's official coach. Do you think Yuri has better tennis knowledge and skills than Michael? What are Yuri's credentials? We know that Yuri can signal to Maria that it is time to eat a banana. :mrgreen:
Yes, but Michael Joyce gets the job of signalling to her with a cup that she should have a drink.

How can Maria stand being told what to do all the time..when to drink and eat??? Unbelievable. Yuri is a Svengali-like person. (creature? monster?) Gives me the creeps.
 

Hewittfan22

Semi-Pro
I dont think hitting partners should get credited too much, i mean its their job right and it should be a piece of cake hitting with Sharapova or any other wta players if you were a former atp player. Even top ranked juniors(boys) can rally with them no problem.
 

Tchocky

Hall of Fame
Hitting partners are glorified fluffers. Still it's a good gig if you can get it...paid hitting partner.

P.S. Didn't Michael Joyce play drums for The Smiths?
 

max

Legend
Michael Joyce gets wonderful respect from David Foster Wallace, the fancy journalist/critic/thought-vanguarder, in a book of Wallace's articles. Just truly admires the guy.
 

Grimjack

Banned
max said:
Michael Joyce gets wonderful respect from David Foster Wallace, the fancy journalist/critic/thought-vanguarder, in a book of Wallace's articles. Just truly admires the guy.
While at the same time implicitly accusing him of ******** personal, social, intellectual, and sexual development. A double-edged blade of admiration, that.
 
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