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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

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Famous coaches have a psychological impact on the rivals. In Eilat I ran into a Spanish Player and a Belgian player, each with his own personal coach. Both coaches were ex players who retired last year from tennis – Olivier Rochus from Belgium who was 24 in the world, and the other was Fernando Vicente who was 29 in the world and beat players like Agassi, Henman, Philippoussis and Tommy Haas.
thanks a lot for these blog posts, but I think he's talking about Christophe Rochus there, since Olivier is still active.

and nice to see that my idol Fernando Vicente can "intimidate" certain players at the futures level
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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

Great article. Thanks.

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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

Who is Vicente coaching?

And Rochus? If he did mean Chris I'm surprised. Judging from his interviews last year he seemed to be glad to get the fuck away from tennis.
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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

chekov came to my club for the 2008 university club champs, representing a moscow uni... what a beast, just methodically drilling the ball... always 30-40 minute matches...

talk during the champs was whether he'd do his studies and comeback to tennis later, or follow his tennis there and then, as he was around 300 rank at the time... if that was the case and he did follow his studies, then i'm not surprised if he lost the feel on his forehand due to an extended time of low or inactivity...

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as always, fascinating post... they all have a cerebral, otherworldly quality to them... mini-fights, constant struggles and the bizarre (re)occurances that could only happen in a chaotic travelling circus that rolls from one week to the next...

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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

Good luck with Russia Amir.
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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

Thanks Or. It's getting to the point where I look forward to one of his blogs each week. He ought to compile these into a collection and publish them one day after he's done with tennis. Or before.......

That's a lot of pressure for him to be playing 2nd singles in DC. His tennis experience is such a rollercoaster of highs and lows. But it might just help him psychologically to step outside his world and explain some of it to us as an unbiased observer. He doesn't spend a lot of time on his disappointments but uses them as a segway to explaining whatever topic it is he wants to highlight.

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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

I knew there was a reason the LTA should keep Gilbert around for Boggo - all the rankings points he was getting because the opponent was mentally playing the coach

Another great blog though, and you really get a sense of the raw underbelly of the tennis world from it - what's it's like in the places where the cameras never venture, where Jim Courier wouldn't be caught dead wielding an interviewer's microphone.

Still, I worry for this guy cos what you mostly get a sense of is pressure - pressure, pressure, pressure, and if you're feeling the pressure that acutely, it seems unlikely to me that you're going to be able to relax enough to release your best tennis.
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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

Amir's observation skills and sensitivity won't help him with his pro career. He thinks way too much. All the best, though, and he should remember that Przysiezny can beat anyone, and, what happens much more often, lose to absolutely anyone.
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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

Go Amir!

With his feelling and talent to transcribe stories in written words, i have no worries for his future

I just hope for the moment he enters the top 150 and bring more storries about the life of the challenger tour

All the best to the lad
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Very good read! Now I'm a fan of Amir and Or - your translation job is incredible!

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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

Wow. Great, great posts. Thanks so much for translating them. And keep them coming!
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Re: New blog post (77#) (31/1/11) - "I know you from somewhere" - by Amir Weintrau

New Blog post - "Notes from the Kremlin" (8/2/11)


People ask me gently "Hey, what's up?". It's like a general question, but what they refer to is losing the Futures in Eilat, which is joined to the loss I took last week, in the first round of a challenger in Russia to a guy ranked 201 in the world. These are the questions I ask myself, what's with this drop in ability now?

Here are some of my insights (some may sound like excuses, but it's really not like that):

1. Burnout – I know my body and its ability to handle the grind. My system so far has worked like this – I play three straight weeks in tournaments and then take a week vacation in Israel. Vacation means training, working on elements in your game which is difficult to do in the middle of tournaments and so on. The last time I've pushed the envelope too far and got dragged to playing tournaments in a row, I either got injured or my performance dropped. Now, I'm in a streak of 7 straights weeks since December which included matches in Israel, Australia, Israel, Russia and now France, and according to the planned schedule I will play 9 straight weeks before even glimpsing at a holiday.

Unfortunately I'm experiencing what most tennis players do. If I used to press 'stop' without a problem after three weeks, now my only guideline is chasing points for the ranking. All I see in front of my eyes are ranking points, points, points. I realize I no longer play to improve, but instead run and check each time which place in the world ranking some more points will take me to.

2. Rookie mistakes – Chasing after ranking points leads to mistakes in choosing the tournaments I play in. Looking back I know, I was behaving like a rookie when I decided to complete in the Future in Eilat. I shouldn't have let the option of playing two weeks instead of one tempt me. It's not just the fact that there aren't that many points to gain in Eilat in the first place, it's that tournaments like that make you play badly against lesser players, which creates an unhealthy cycle. The confidence I brought back with me from Australia - I lost when I lost to players ranked 500, 600 in the world. I should have rested at home, fly earlier to Russia and get used to playing indoor, which is an entire different ball game.

And there was another mistake I've made in Eilat. Instead of looking out for my own interests, I also played doubles instead of saving my energy only for the singles and rest mored. A friend asked me to play with him to help him improve his ranking, and I do not forget how, a day and a half ago, I also asked such favors from friends. Eventually we grabbed the doubles title in Eilat, it didn't do a thing for me.

3. Specific preparation - Because of a flight debacle I made it to Kazan on Monday 11 PM knowing that I play 10 AM the next morning. Frequently crossing geographical lines has huge repercussions: First of all, I arrived to the tournaments after not holding a racquet for three days. It doesn't make sense.
Additionally, the body must adjust. Less than a month ago I was playing in Australia in a 40 degrees, last week I played Eilat in 25 degrees and now I've landed in Russia's -20 degrees weather.

But the most critical issue was moving indoors. Us Israelis are used to playing on hard courts outdoors, because this is what we were trained on, but you need to adjust specifically to each court. Indoors, you need at least 2-3 days to adjust to the fact the ball reaches you faster, so you have less time to prepare for your stroke. The usual wind which reduces the friction of the ball with the air isn't there, and the court is less coarse, which lessens the friction of the ball even more. This is how I found myself entering the court for the first time on the day of the match, trying to adjust to the surface in the 10 minutes of warm-up I had prior to the match, and got spanked in the first round.

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But hello, not everything is black. The early elimination in Russia allowed me to practice right, and even the injury in the leg that I've been carrying since Australia is a lot better. Besides, due to the fact I'm going to play DC next month they got paired me with a coach for the trip to Russia, Moti Maaravi. To fly with a coach is a huge professional change, which is difficult to evaluate for someone who is used to traveling alone and manage his professional training with himself. There is another advantage: The social aspect. I told Moti that since this is my fourth time in Moscow and I haven't seen the Red Square yet, then tomorrow morning even the great cold weather won't break us.

It would be a bit of a shame to end a career without any money and say, like all tennis players, that eventually what I remember from traveling around the world are hotels, restaurants and tennis courts.

So I didn't get any ranking points, but I got to mark 'check' next to the Red Square.

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Re: New blog post (104#) (8/2/11) - "Notes from the Kremlin" - by Amir Weintraub

Gorgeous Red Square.

Man, this is like a saga with so much drama and ups and downs, I'm hooked.
I just want Amir to do well. I hope this blog helps people understand how difficult, straining and huge sacrifice is the life of a tennis pro.



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