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Walt Landers Passes Away

Walt Landers, who had worked with many of tennis' elite performers, passed away this past week of complications resulting from a recently diagnosed brain tumor. The Polish born physical trainer/massage therapist was 53 years old.
Nicknamed "Hurricane" for his boundless amounts of energy, Walt came onto the pro tennis scene in 1990, following a career in the cycling world. The players with whom he traveled over the years could be confused with a list of future Hall of Fame inductees; Agassi, Sampras, Safin, Kafelnikov and Hewitt to name but a few. An avid runner, he had competed in marathons around the world and it was not unusual for him to put in several hours of morning roadwork before matches started for the day.
The tour will miss his passion for the players and his devotion to the sport of tennis.

i borrowed this from ttw board. i thought some might be interested to know here. http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=123416

here is an interview he did sometime ago.

http://www.fft.fr/bnpparibasmasters/...nders0411.html
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he was an entertaining guy


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Than she had to go type her blog and I was left all by myself but that was until Walt or Waltczek Lantzcerovski saw me and decided to explain to me how your body extracts sugars from your liver rather than your muscles.

Waltczek is a massage therapist and an occasional fitness trainer. This week he works with Nikolay Davydenko. I guess Nikolay hired him to retrain his body to extract glucose from his liver instead of his muscles. Waltczek is Polish. But he is a self proclaimed communist and had to change his name and residence so he can practice his beliefs without Big Brother breathing down his neck. Now he resides in Las Vegas where he opened a small school for marathon runners. After about half an hour of pointless conversation and fruitless attempts to find out why he changed his name I have to go back to the hotel so I get my racquets and go to transportation.


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Wow, what a shame. Walt was a character and will be missed.

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Just read it in the other forum. It's sad and i pray that he rest in peace.
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think he was with murray earlier this year...
guy with the mad hairdo
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wow that's too bad

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I can't believe the fitness freak has died at a young age and he was everywhere on the tour and a unique guy for sure.

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Damn. I thought the name sounded a little familiar. So young He looked so well....

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Wow, I wonder when he was diagnosed? I remember reading about him in the Safin forum and how he used to drive Marat crazy by talking too much.

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i cannot believe this...i met him several times at lots of tournaments

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He will be missed.

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He did so many great things for the sport and I'm thankful for that... he will be missed

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think he was with murray earlier this year...
guy with the mad hairdo
wow
really? I had chatted with him less than one year ago and he said he wanted to work with murray... he also told us that "sampras was a monkey" and "marat was not stable mentally" It will be weird not to see him at tournaments...

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