I don't think they are.
The players are disciplined enough to not be baby sitted. They know what has to happen in order to win. They are just a waste of money and are there 24/7 around you to keep you thinking about tennis, and that makes you go crazy. They are important to someone who is starting to play tennis, and to someone who is not disciplined. and Grand Slam Champions and #1 players are disciplined!
i agree and disagree with your assessment of coaches. prefessional tennis players do a lot of waiting around and get very bored... it's good to always have someone that's on your side to talk to you and be around you. they also set up your hitting times, where you stay, rides, and control your practices. this week roger has been hitting with juniors, which is a nice thing to do, but it helps them more than it does him. it's good that he didn't get stressed out about it, though. pretty admirable. but not having a coach can lead to players plateauing. they only see their game one way and may not be able to motivate themself to add new dimensions.
and i believe roger will find a coach soon... and he'll have plenty of tatsy offers...
Well I'd say a coach is neccessary, and Roger is winning on what the previus one tought him. Although there is some truth you people wrote. Safin has too played with his best-friend-coach-who-is-23-yo. I can't imagine what kind of coahing is that.
Federer has been taught well by Peter Lundgren and by the late Peter Carter and at the moment he has a good support network around him, and he will wait for the right time before he finds the right coach for him.
Good coaches can add a lot to players, but bad coaches can halt the development of a players abilities.
“ On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".
Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".