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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Harrison changes coaches like others change socks.(update)

(latest info in final post)

Seems a strange one. Anyone have any more background info?

(Didn't see another thread)

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templ...8698&zoneid=25

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Re: Martin Damm announces retirement and will now coach Ryan Harrison

In a million years I wouldn't have seen this one coming. Harrison's dad was a former NCAA player and is a teaching pro who has/is developing excellent players in Ryan and his brothers, while Harrison's work outside of his dad has been at the Bollettieri Academy. There is no way that I would have thought that Harrison would wind up with a former doubles specialist from outside of that network. Harrison is a natural volleyer, so the best that I can figure is that he thinks that Damm will somehow add to that aspect of his game.

Good luck to the Harrison/Damm partnership!
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Actually, wonder if Voo does statistical tribute for doubles players. Voo?

Slam winner and 40 career titles definitely meets the criteria
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Man, I hope this is the right choice for Ryan. Having a good coach in the upcoming years will be absolutely essential.

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Actually, wonder if Voo does statistical tribute for doubles players. Voo?
According to my criteria Damm doesn't deserve a tribute thread only because he never won an ATP tournament in singles, however 5-time finalist (without a chance to win one of those finals)

He had some notable results as a singles player though. I saw him for the first time in the 2nd round of Wimbledon '92 (on Court No. 1 if I remember well), it was just his 8th tournament on the main level and he played a 5-setter against Becker who had played Wimbledon finals in the 4 previous editions. It was a shocker that Damm forced him to play 5 sets. We would have expected more from the Czech after that...

He hasn't played a singles match since 2002 but I think he was a poor man's Bjorkman: decent baseliner, solid volleyer who possessed good reflex, but without the finesse and he was too heavy to move fast on clay courts, he was actually useless there albeit on this surface he won his first Challenger '91 - Warsaw (a curiosity: the first Challenger in Poland), but he was only 20 so probably much more faster then without excessive weight

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First reason - little brother Christian is back in action and as he will play junior level and Ryan is moving into Pro they decided to find somebody new. Martin worked in Bradenton and they have very good relationship with him.
Also I suppose it was Martin decision to bring Ryan to Europe to try new horizons (Ryan will play challengers in Bratislava and Helsinki), because US challengers became too familiar to Ryan.

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Only thing I am concerning about is lack of Martin's experience. As I say in previous thread, Ryan need improver, not motivational speaker. And Ryan need someone who can teach him play on baseline.
But right now Ryan need any help he can get as he know what his father can give him and there have to be new step.
And Ryan need someone who know life in Tour.
Martin can be good at this level.

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According to my criteria Damm doesn't deserve a tribute thread only because he never won an ATP tournament in singles, however 5-time finalist (without a chance to win one of those finals)

He had some notable results as a singles player though. I saw him for the first time in the 2nd round of Wimbledon '92 (on Court No. 1 if I remember well), it was just his 8th tournament on the main level and he played a 5-setter against Becker who had played Wimbledon finals in the 4 previous editions. It was a shocker that Damm forced him to play 5 sets. We would have expected more from the Czech after that...

He hasn't played a singles match since 2002 but I think he was a poor man's Bjorkman: decent baseliner, solid volleyer who possessed good reflex, but without the finesse and he was too heavy to move fast on clay courts, he was actually useless there albeit on this surface he won his first Challenger '91 - Warsaw (a curiosity: the first Challenger in Poland), but he was only 20 so probably much more faster then without excessive weight
I agree with your post.I will miss him too. I was really impressed by his tennis the first time I saw him in AO in 1997. Good luck for him in his life after tennis.

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I like this combination in terms of volleying/aggressive forward mentality/overall net ability, but I think he also needs a baseline coach to truly have the best coaching to continue to develop his game. Martin wasn't the best (good, but not the best) of volleyers himself but what he is, is a solid professional, a smart guy, and he seems like the type who would get the most of his pupils, so I wish the pairing good luck.
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smart move... damm will most likely be on for a couple of years max imo... cos looks like in damm they've found someone familiar who can tour europe with ease, a smart career move, cos lets face it, europe's where it's at if you wanna develop a game for the world tour... well done harrison... gotta salute the yanks who cross the atlantic and do some hard time...

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Ryan is in the trouble

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smart move... damm will most likely be on for a couple of years max imo... cos looks like in damm they've found someone familiar who can tour europe with ease, a smart career move, cos lets face it, europe's where it's at if you wanna develop a game for the world tour... well done harrison... gotta salute the yanks who cross the atlantic and do some hard time...
definitely. There's only so much you can learn on the US Challenger circuit playing seemingly the same guys on the same surface every week.

Look at Donald Young.

At the age of 21 he's already played Robert Kendrick ten times, Bobby Reynolds eight times, Tim Smyczek eight times, Jessie Levine six times, Jessie Witten five times, Lester Cook four etc etc...99% of those on hard courts.

I don't see how anyone could develop as a player in such an environment
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I think it was a good choice for Ryan to get someone really experienced with the tour. Good luck though~

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