Novak Djokovic vows not to 'take knowledge to the grave' as he eyes post-retirement coaching role

Do you think Djokovic would be a good coach?


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Bubcay

Hall of Fame
Certainly has the capacity to be a great coach. I doubt it will happen soon though.


Do you think he would be a good coach? (The poll is open)

I think he would. He seems to be very methodical in his approach to the game. Always analyses his game and his opponents. Always developing. I believe anyone would be lucky to have him as a coach.
 

The Guru

Hall of Fame
As far as tactics go who really knows? A lot of great players can only see what worked for them and force a square peg into a round hole but as far as dealing with the pressure and expectations there's few guys with his experience and pedigree. He's one of a few guys in the world that a top player could talk to and relate to about such things and that is very valuable.
 
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Deleted member 770948

Guest
In terms of technique and execution its impossible to copy Nadal, but possible to copy Djokovic because he has such basic strokes.
But Djokovic's physicality is the biggest reason for his success, and part of that is nothing to do with training.
 

mwym

Semi-Pro
To have any meaningful result of his coaching effort - his knowledge has to match a kid's mind and it's ability. Djokovic can coach some kids into becoming their best versions AND becoming some of the best in the world, but not all and any kids. What he knows and can teach is useful to kids having a mind able to grasp it. Which is not a huge percentage. There is a low limit which most of human minds cannot overcome - it is lack of ability for abstract thinking.

He will need to find a kid with sufficient ntelligence paired with dedication / self-discipline. And that is very very rare pairing.

There is a limit to everything. Surely one can be offered to be paid to teach a tree to talk or walk and Djokovic won't do it. He will need to find a mind like Emma Raducanu's.
 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
I think Novak would be a more effective coach than either Nadal or Federer. I can imagine Federer telling his charge “you need to hit a beautiful inside out forehand for a clean winner. make sure it’s beautiful”. Nadal telling his “Put more rpm’s on the ball. It’s easy. 6000rpm’s, vamos!”
 

McGradey

Professional
I think Novak would be a more effective coach than either Nadal or Federer. I can imagine Federer telling his charge “you need to hit a beautiful inside out forehand for a clean winner. make sure it’s beautiful”. Nadal telling his “Put more rpm’s on the ball. It’s easy. 6000rpm’s, vamos!”
Haha, agree

Djokovic's game seems to have been built by design, it's a template for success in the modern game of tennis. It doesn't revolve around any one shot (Nadal, forehand), or freakish natural ability (Federer). His rubber body and exceptional backhand are more additional attributes than essential components of his winning method.

And he's continued to add to his game, strengthening it and removing weaknesses as the years have passed. I think Djokovic could be an excellent coach for the right player.

He's totally obsessed with winning and I think that would filter through into coaching as well. I bet he's a huge analysis geek.
 
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