Year 2004 is not over yet. But his entry ranking has dropped all year long. Now he is ranked 20 as of 13 September. Overall performance is not that bad. But what I concern the most is he still has so much points to defend especially right from Thailand Open to next year Australian Open.
Q - Thailand Open
Semi - AIG Japan Open
Semi - Grand Prix De Lyon
Q - TMS Madrid
R16 - TMS Paris
Final - Tata Open
R16 - Adidas International
R16 - Australian Open
And if he loses these points, he would no longer be seeded at tournaments esp. @ Grand Slams one day which means he could face player like Roddick or Federer in the very first round. And this is going to hurt his confidence.
ANd the latest news from BKK is he's seeing a famous thai model/actress (again) , going out with her, even he still has 3 straight tournaments awaiting him (China Open - Davis Cup against Russia - Thailand Open)
. It seems like he doesn't focus on tennis & training as much as he should. Or that's what he needs the most at this moment ?
By the way the Srichaphan camp is hiring a new german trainer to help him have a well-prepared & fit body before and after matches. But what I think he needs the most is ,, new techniques on court & consistency,,. In my point of view he needs to become a much better returner. He likes to slice the ball back even it's a weak serve.
I feel like he needs to take chances there instead of keeping the ball in play. And when he needs to keep the ball in play, he just rushes it. What do you think ??