Would you pay Federer $1000/h to coach you?

Would you pay Federer $1000/h to coach you?


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BetaServe

Professional
I heard McEnroe say on TV if Fed becomes coach after retirement he would probably charge around $700 to $1000 an hour for a private lesson.
Would you hire him as a coach and why?
I know Rick Macci already charges $500/h for a private lesson.
 
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SoBad

G.O.A.T.
I heard McEnroe say on TV if Fed becomes coach after retirement he would probably charge around $700 to $1000 an hour for a private lesson.
Would you hire him as a coach and why?
I know Rick Macci already charges $500/h for a private lesson.
If Federer wasn't such a disgusting individual, I'd consider giving him tennis lessons. But considering his already grossly overinflated resume full of grass exhos and weak era slams over the likes of 40yo brokeback methhead Agassi, obese Baghdatis, talent-free Gonzalez, and various pulseless bodies stacking his draws in earlier rounds, it was my moral imperative to refuse coaching.
 

Midaso240

Hall of Fame
Honestly,I'd rather pay $1000 just to sit and chat with him for an hour. I don't know if he'd make the best coach for people below professional level
 

tonylg

Professional
If Federer wasn't such a disgusting individual, I'd consider giving him tennis lessons. But considering his already grossly overinflated resume full of grass exhos and weak era slams over the likes of 40yo brokeback methhead Agassi, obese Baghdatis, talent-free Gonzalez, and various pulseless bodies stacking his draws in earlier rounds, it was my moral imperative to refuse coaching.
 

BlueB

Legend
No. I'm too cheap and too bad of a player for Fed to teach me anything meaningful.

However, I'd buy him a drink, just to have a drink with him.

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ChaelAZ

Legend
I heard McEnroe say on TV if Fed becomes coach after retirement he would probably charge around $700 to $1000 an hour for a private lesson.
Would you hire him as a coach and why?
I know Rick Macci already charges $500/h for a private lesson.
For a rec player there is not enough upside for that kind of expense. The biggest improvements rec players can make are in footwork and fitness, and technique. Any general $50/hr coach can help with improvements there. The value of someone like Macci, Federer, or some other coach/player who can command those rates is well beyond the basics and best suited for established and well-developed players.

The novelty is kinda cool, and for someone with the financial resources it’s kinda, “why not?”. But you can get more lessons for less and more than likely make better improvements through it.
 
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ChaelAZ

Legend
I'd pay $1k to spend an hour with Federer. Seems like a cool opportunity. I'd ask him a lot of questions and stuff. Doesn't necessarily need to be a tennis lesson. There's a lot to learn from goats

I don’t care what you said, but dat gif doh!!! Lol.
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
For 1000$ you can get a ton of lessons from very good coaches.

Is rick macci really charging 500? What a ****
It might be worth it for a diehard Fed fan.

Coaches usually charge $50-$100 an hour for private lessons, so it is only 10 to 20 lessons.
 
Lessons are a matter of quality AND quantity.
You need thousands of reps for muscle memory.
The "tip" is 1% of the equation.

I would pay $1000 just to hit with him for 15 minutes.
 
I heard McEnroe say on TV if Fed becomes coach after retirement he would probably charge around $700 to $1000 an hour for a private lesson.
Would you hire him as a coach and why?
I know Rick Macci already charges $500/h for a private lesson.
Well he would then probably mostly "coach" rich people and celebrities who want to tell their grandchildren they have hit with one of the best players ever. There are enough rich dudes who would pay that price.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I'd pay him $1K to play a match or hit around for an hour.

I can pay Hikaru Nakamura, one of the best chess players in the world, for a game of 3-minute chess. Cost? $5.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Price is in the eye of the beholder.

There are people that pay $10K to $20K for Federer's match-used frames. There are people, some here, who pay $1,000 for one of Agassi's frames. If someone wants to spend $500/hour so that their daughter learns efficiently and they have the $$$, that's absolutely fine with me.
 

Enga

Hall of Fame
I guess if I had more money than is reasonable, sure. Though honestly even if I had that much money, seems like its be a waste of time. No amount of Federer coaching will make me a better player.
 
So you’re saying for $52K a year I can hit and hand hang out with Federer for an hour a week? That’s a no brainer for anyone with the money for it.


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Price is in the eye of the beholder.

There are people that pay $10K to $20K for Federer's match-used frames. There are people, some here, who pay $1,000 for one of Agassi's frames. If someone wants to spend $500/hour so that their daughter learns efficiently and they have the $$$, that's absolutely fine with me.

Exactly. Seem like lot of poor people in Tennis Talk forum.

It costs 4.5M just to have lunch with Warren Buffett but people pay just to have that opportunity. My company once paid 300K to a former famous golf pro to give the company CEO golf lesson for one week in Hilton Head. It was a retirement gift to the CEO.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I'd pay him $1K to play a match or hit around for an hour.

I can pay Hikaru Nakamura, one of the best chess players in the world, for a game of 3-minute chess. Cost? $5.
You can play Esserman or Fressinet chess and tennis.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
This is what a $500/h private lesson with Rick Macci looks like:


It's ridiculous
Hmm. I have higher expectation of Rick Macci. Nothing wrong with what he said in the video, but the kid was not getting it. I'm expecting Rick would be able to try other methods/tricks to get the kid to perform the right jump (maybe by putting a target spot inside the court, etc.). Definitely not worth the $500.
 

Raul_SJ

Legend
Given that Fed will be hitting at 1/2 speed or less, there really is no difference between hitting with Fed and hitting with your local pro for $50.
You are just paying to meet a celebrity. But it has nothing to do with the actual quality of the hitting session
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Given that Fed will be hitting at 1/2 speed or less, there really is no difference between hitting with Fed and hitting with your local pro for $50.
You are just paying to meet a celebrity. But it has nothing to do with the actual quality of the hitting session
What I like about playing chess with grandmasters is that they don't hold back. Hikaru will also explain what he's doing for his audience. So it's pretty easy to get video of it.
 

pabletion

Hall of Fame
I heard McEnroe say on TV if Fed becomes coach after retirement he would probably charge around $700 to $1000 an hour for a private lesson.
Would you hire him as a coach and why?
I know Rick Macci already charges $500/h for a private lesson.
Yes. Why? Its Federer.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
Hmm. I have higher expectation of Rick Macci. Nothing wrong with what he said in the video, but the kid was not getting it. I'm expecting Rick would be able to try other methods/tricks to get the kid to perform the right jump (maybe by putting a target spot inside the court, etc.). Definitely not worth the $500.
Rick is one of the best
 

sovertennis

Professional
Hmm. I have higher expectation of Rick Macci. Nothing wrong with what he said in the video, but the kid was not getting it. I'm expecting Rick would be able to try other methods/tricks to get the kid to perform the right jump (maybe by putting a target spot inside the court, etc.). Definitely not worth the $500.
For $500 Rick will say "jump". Then Rick will say "jump higher."
 

Raul_SJ

Legend
Hmm. I have higher expectation of Rick Macci. Nothing wrong with what he said in the video, but the kid was not getting it. I'm expecting Rick would be able to try other methods/tricks to get the kid to perform the right jump (maybe by putting a target spot inside the court, etc.). Definitely not worth the $500.
Big fan of Macci's forehand video on the Youtube USPTA channel. One of the best I've ever seen.
But I agree that this video falls short. At 14:10, The kid is landing way behind the baseline, but Macci tells him it's the best serve he has ever hit.
Yikes. :(
Also interesting that Macci is focused on the jump before proper toss and other elements. The Salzenstein approach is to first work on a proper grounded serve before incorporating the jump.

 
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tennis4me

Hall of Fame
Big fan of Macci's forehand video on the Youtube USPTA channel. One of the best I've ever seen.
But I agree that this video falls short. At 14:10, The kid is landing way behind the baseline, but Macci tells him it's the best serve he has ever hit.
Yikes. :(
Also interesting that Macci is focused on the jump before proper toss and other elements. The Salzenstein approach is to first work on a proper grounded serve before incorporating the jump.

Agree, his FH video explanation is very good.

Back on topic. If one has a VERY specific question on how Fed does this/that, or on his often unpublished fitness routines, or pick his brain on his overall strategy, anticipation, etc (and one has expendable income :)), then it might be worth the $1000. However, some answers may be too impractical for non-Open level players to implement/imitate.
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
Lessons are a matter of quality AND quantity.
You need thousands of reps for muscle memory.
The "tip" is 1% of the equation.

I would pay $1000 just to hit with him for 15 minutes.
What do you expect out of hitting with him that you wouldn't get from hitting with some random fringe tour player?

Anyway, unless you have f**k you money, $1k/hour is too pricey for a tennis lesson with anyone
 

Raul_SJ

Legend
Agree, his FH video explanation is very good.

Back on topic. If one has a VERY specific question on how Fed does this/that, or on his often unpublished fitness routines, or pick his brain on his overall strategy, anticipation, etc (and one has expendable income :)), then it might be worth the $1000. However, some answers may be too impractical for non-Open level players to implement/imitate.
For an Adult 3.5 player looking to get his stroke to the next level, Fed would be a waste of $1000.
In interviews, Fed cannot even describe what forehand grip he uses. Has probably played by feel all his life. Best to take 10 lessons with local pro.
 
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Shlove

New User
No, the greatest players don't make the greatest coaches. If it's an ex-pro I want, I'd be better off going with someone like Jeff Salzenstein who's established himself as a high quality coach.
Yeah, Federer is more of a natural so he might not be good at teaching.
 
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