Pick a coach (or former pro) that could help a current player

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
Title says it all - pick a coach or player that you think can help a current player improve their game.

I'll start - Magnus Norman would be a great coach for Shapo. I don't entirely blame Youzhny for Shapo's current form, and the game plan seemed quite effective at Wimbledon.

However, with the help of Norman, I think Shapo can learn to temper his aggressive game, without abandoning it altogether.
 
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BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
I'd love to see Andre become full time coach of Sebi.

Mac can work with Denis - both lefities, and Mac could help Denis with his poor approach shots and inability to get to low volleys.

I hope Boris or Edberg never work with Zverev because I want him to continue to not be a factor in slams. Becker could definitely help Zedrot's serve and his volleys.
 

coolcamden

Rookie
Not Zverev. Ivan walked off that coaching assignment after just a couple of weeks. Tells us all we need to know about what a Diva Zedrot is.
I might have missed some earlier posts, but can you explain to me why you dislike AZ so much? He kinda touched my heart when, after USO loss to Thiem, he cried when talking about his parents. As a parent, I thought that was cool. (His alleged accusation of gf abuse is not influenced your feeling tho, right?) I am more interested in tennis discussion. Thanks
 

Kralingen

Legend
I mean who would have suggested Marian Vajda or Darren Cahill or Paul Annacone would be good coaches based off their playing careers? Did anyone even know who those guys were? And yet they are 3 of the most successful coaches in tennis history.

I’m of the opinion that hiring ex-pro “celebrity” coaches is a crapshoot unless they have experience coaching beforehand. Sometimes it turns out like Lendl & Becker, sometimes not. So I have no clue who would actually do a good job or not, in all honesty.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
I mean who would have suggested Marian Vajda or Darren Cahill or Paul Annacone would be good coaches based off their playing careers? Did anyone even know who those guys were? And yet they are 3 of the most successful coaches in tennis history.

I’m of the opinion that hiring ex-pro “celebrity” coaches is a crapshoot unless they have experience coaching beforehand. Sometimes it turns out like Lendl & Becker, sometimes not. So I have no clue who would actually do a good job or not, in all honesty.
Sometimes it ends up like Ole.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
I feel like Lendl could maybe help Rublev, I don't know what he does tennis wise but with Murray he seemed to bring him out of his shell more and got him a bit more socially confident and it showed in his game and i feel like Rublev has the humour inside but it isn't publically shown too much but if you look at his Gold at the Olympics and how happy he was with his partner there, Lendl could maybe do the same and add some confidence to him and his game too?
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
He helped Novak with his serve.
The problem with Zverev's serve is at least partly mental. At the ATP Finals, he started spinning it in on the second, and it helped tremendously. You don't need to hit an ace on a second serve, you just need to get in play.
 

Jonesy

Hall of Fame
The problem with Zverev's serve is at least partly mental. At the ATP Finals, he started spinning it in on the second, and it helped tremendously. You don't need to hit an ace on a second serve, you just need to get in play.
He needs to go back to basics.

 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
I mean who would have suggested Marian Vajda or Darren Cahill or Paul Annacone would be good coaches based off their playing careers? Did anyone even know who those guys were? And yet they are 3 of the most successful coaches in tennis history.

I’m of the opinion that hiring ex-pro “celebrity” coaches is a crapshoot unless they have experience coaching beforehand. Sometimes it turns out like Lendl & Becker, sometimes not. So I have no clue who would actually do a good job or not, in all honesty.
I agree. Not suggesting that celebrity coach is a cure-all. (And is Magnus Norman a celebrity coach?)

As far as who would do a good job, that could come down to personalities. It's quite possible that a great player can't hear great advice from a great coach (and/or a celebrity coach), because they don't get along.

No coach can solve everything, but they can bring perspective and new tactics.
 

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
I mean who would have suggested Marian Vajda or Darren Cahill or Paul Annacone would be good coaches based off their playing careers? Did anyone even know who those guys were? And yet they are 3 of the most successful coaches in tennis history.

I’m of the opinion that hiring ex-pro “celebrity” coaches is a crapshoot unless they have experience coaching beforehand. Sometimes it turns out like Lendl & Becker, sometimes not. So I have no clue who would actually do a good job or not, in all honesty.
The problem is that coaching is teaching, and the skill set needed to win as a player and to get the best out of another is completely separate, which means that only in very rare situations do you find someone with very high performing skills who also has amazing teaching skills.

That leads to coaches who know a lot about transmitting knowledge but who are usually missing some key bit of knowledge that the best players in the world need. Then you have those who become coaches and coast on their instinctive knowledge of how to win themselves without being able to transmit that knowledge.

The best coaches get close to the top, close enough to understand the game really deeply, but they have to work really hard to get even that far and learn more about how to help others win than winning themselves.
 
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Booger

Hall of Fame
Tennis is full of soft people from aristocratic bloodlines. Next genners need different medicine.

Imagine David Goggins as mental coach for Tsitsipas. Love these stories.

 

aldeayeah

Legend
I feel like Lendl could maybe help Rublev, I don't know what he does tennis wise but with Murray he seemed to bring him out of his shell more and got him a bit more socially confident and it showed in his game and i feel like Rublev has the humour inside but it isn't publically shown too much but if you look at his Gold at the Olympics and how happy he was with his partner there, Lendl could maybe do the same and add some confidence to him and his game too?
To me, Rublev always comes across as an ultra nice guy off court, so I wouldn't compare him with the Murray the Morose.
 

gadge

Professional
Hingis could coach some WTA players like Bencic or Bianca. But not sure if hingis’s awareness and intuition is something that can be coached.
 

Sudacafan

Bionic Poster
Former players who were/are "student of the game" tend to make better coaches. The best players does not mean they are capable of expressing concepts.
Correct, that happens all the time. I am very good, but I could never transmit my knowledge to anybody, as I can't express any concept.
 

Mediterranean Might

Professional
Why single me out? The entire forum except for 3 people revile him for just cause. Even @duaneeo jumped ship and is a proud member of ABZ. We welcomed him with open arms!
+1

Zed’s a generally dislikable player. He has no charisma. His personality is grating. His controversies hang over him (at worst he’s a woman abuser, at best he’s an a-hole). His tennis is elite when on, but it’s boring.

A B Z
 

MaxTennis

Professional
I might have missed some earlier posts, but can you explain to me why you dislike AZ so much? He kinda touched my heart when, after USO loss to Thiem, he cried when talking about his parents. As a parent, I thought that was cool. (His alleged accusation of gf abuse is not influenced your feeling tho, right?) I am more interested in tennis discussion. Thanks
I'm not the poster you're referring to, but AZ was a massive jerk to everyone right from the beginning. I saw him practicing at UCLA in 2017 (so right after his 5 set loss to Rafa at AO and before Indian Wells) and he had this holier-than-thou attitude to all the fans there. Definitely rubbed me the wrong way.
 

Goof

Professional
Uncle Toni and Tiafoe. Tiafoe's biggest weakness is lack of focus and not bringing his highest intensity on each and every point. I think Toni could help with that.

Which brings me to... FAA and Carlos Rodriguez. What FAA needs most is more variety to his game (e.g. changing pace, mixing in more angles, etc.).
 
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