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Article: Lleyton Hewitt Advised To Dump Coach
Lleyton Hewitt needs a new coach
James Hooper From: Herald Sun February 01, 2010 12:00AM
John Alexander says Lleyton Hewitt needs a new coach. Source: Herald Sun
JOHN Alexander has urged Lleyton Hewitt to sever ties with coach Nathan Healey or risk being repeatedly upstaged by the big guns of world tennis.
Alexander, a former Australian player who rose to No. 8 in the world, has offered to coach Hewitt himself and outlined a plan to fine-tune his game.
Hewitt, who has pocketed more than $18 million in prizemoney in 10 years at the top, is being guided by the relatively anonymous Healey, whose last singles ranking was 1205.
Healey, 30, is only a year older than Hewitt, and is considered by many to be little more than a glorified hitting partner.
Who should coach Lleyton?
Hewitt, whose previous coaches include the Tony Roche, Jason Stoltenberg, Darren Cahill and Roger Rasheed, will turn 29 on February 24, is running out of time to add to his US Open and Wimbledon titles.
Alexander has encouraged Hewitt to dump the conservative approach he employed in his fourth-round loss to world No. 1 Roger Federer at the Australian Open and return to all-out aggression.
"Most people would think Lleyton would be better off to have somebody who can make objective assessments of his game and at least guide the direction of his continued development," Alexander said.
"I've studied his game for a long while and I know a lot of things that he could do that I think would improve his game.
"I haven't been in the coaching business, but it would be an interesting thing to do. He has to push his envelope and continue to try to expand his game.
"At this time of his career, he's on his final burst and it's not realistic for him to be chasing the world No. 1 ranking anymore.
"What is realistic is that he can win grand slams."
To challenge superstars of the calibre of Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick, Alexander believes Hewitt must risk making more mistakes and look to add more power to his second serve.
On Healey, Alexander said: "Lleyton has taken a view that he wants somebody who is a really good practice partner, so Nathan is obviously a tournament-level player and can provide that practice.
"He probably feels that, as former world No. 1 and having worked with some of the best, he knows his game and knows what to do."
Not everyone subscribes to the theory that Healey, Hewitt's former doubles partner, is little more than a hitting partner.
Healey has an ally in Rasheed, who suggested he was a suitable mentor for Australia's top-ranked player.
Rasheed said Hewitt still had at least three more quality years on the world circuit but faced a testing assignment on the Roland Garros claycourts at the French Open in May.
"Nathan's a great guy and I'm sure he's getting a lot of value and a lot of experience out of working day-to-day with Lleyton because that's a pretty good learning tool," Rasheed said.
I don't think Rusty is going to be to happy with Alexander suggesting this, he's really close with Heals.
Honestly at this stage of his career nobody is going to teach him anything he doesn't already know. Hewitt's a smart guy, he knows what he can and can't do with his ability and body so I think sticking with Healey for the rest of his career is the best move for him.
What does everyone else think?
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Ol' Rusty Hewitt - Keeping me moist since 1998.
Last edited by Hewitt =Legend; 02-11-2010 at 10:27 AM.