Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor
Does having the right coach make you a better tennis player? It would be foolish for any athlete to think championships can be won without the expertise and input of a coach. Good coaching can make or break even the very best, and although fully endowed with a high level of talent for playing tennis, there’s much to be said about the contribution that a coach makes to the athlete.
Paul Annacone pointed out that “it’s about combining the head, heart and talent components of a player, and understanding how they interact, the best way to match up against other players, and ultimately, the best way for them to keep having fun doing it, and the best way to try to get better.”
The combination of fitness coach, nutritionist and dietitian, coach and co-coach fuses elements that produce a winner in the game. Roger Federer, for example, spends a lot of time tweaking his game with the help of his coaches.
Annacone says, “If you’re not trying to get better you’re getting worse, because everyone else is getting better. Roger is very eager to continue improving, so when you see that in someone who’s won as much as he has, it’s pretty incredible.”
The world No. 1 in the WTA rankings, Caroline Wozniacki, has revealed that Ricardo Sanchez has stepped in to be her new coach. This strategy may be just what she needs to continue pushing forward and winning her first Grand Slam tournament.
Does Having the Right Coach Make You a Better Tennis Player?
Tennis World USA reports:
Caroline Wozniacki’s mystery coach might remain a mystery forever as the world no. 1 announced that she will now have a new coach – Ricardo Sanchez, who recently worked with Jelena Jankovic.
Sanchez will coach the 21-year-old Dane along with her father, Piotr. Sanchez is not the “mystery” coach who was consulting with Wozniacki during the late summer and fall, and who did not want his name revealed.
“It’s a good idea with Ricky,” Wozniacki said. “We know him very well, and he has been watching so many of my matches and created tactics against me, so he really knows me as a player. He also knows all the other girls on the tour very well.”
Sanchez is said to have signed a one-year-deal with Wozniacki, who is hoping to win her first ever Slam title in 2012.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Sanchez said. “Like Pep Guardiola must have felt when he was allowed to coach FC Barcelona. I have seen many of Caroline’s matches, and she has become my idol because of her personality and hard work. Piotr and I will work closely together about everything. I have a lot of respect for the work he did with Caroline. She picks up new things very quickly, and without injuries and with everything well organized, we will go to Australia and try to win there.”
Wozniacki ended 2011 as the no. 1 ranked player for the second year running but has reached only one Slam final in 2009. As a result, many have questioned her worthiness as the world no. 1 player.
Wozniacki is only 115 points ahead of world no. 2 Petra Kvitova and could lose the top ranking to the Czech depending on how they both fare in the first few weeks of the 2012 season. Click here to visit the original source of this post
Asking the question: Does having the right coach make you a better tennis player? It would be an absolute necessity to hone offensive game play and to improve your tennis ability and continue in the progressive strategies and tactics of tennis that bring the right results. Paul Annocone says of Federer, “The biggest thing that Roger has going for him is that he can do so many things at such a high level, not only technically but strategically, it becomes quite a complex puzzle. So for me it’s about managing all those pieces.”