I came across this article
this morning, it's quite long and in Dutch so I didn't feel like translating. But in the article Robin's coach Dennis Schenk talks a bit about what he's been doing since Robin's been out with injury and also about his coaching relationship with Robin. Thought it was a rather interesting read.
Hmm I'm sorry that interview doesn't exactly show off a dynamic relationship, great coaching vision or even realism about Haase's career and injuries.
I get the impression the coach is an average club-level coach that got a job at the Dutch association and then struck gold when he was assigned to Haase. He's complaining about being stuck at his home on Mallorca since September because Haase is injured. The only info about the progress on the injury is that "that he hopes to come back next month", I've heard that before.
And the comment that Haase has "to go for his strokes more and play like Mario Ancic even serve-volley", I don't quite get that. Haase has been more aggressive than Ancic has been in recent years. Haase has always looked "explosive" in his style.
"Ook als jeugdtennisser was Haase fysiek minder dan zijn leeftijdgenoten. ,,Hij moest opboksen tegen sterkere concurrenten, manieren zoeken om toch te winnen. Nu ontbreekt die concurrentie in eigen land en dat is jammer. In het verleden was het steeds stuivertje wisselen met Antal van der Duim en Igor Sijsling.Voor Robin was het goed geweest als Sjeng Schalken en Martin Verkerk nog in de top hadden gestaan, als Raemon Sluiter nog tot de top-50 had behoord."
He talks as if it is a stroke of bad luck that Schalken and Verkerk are no longer in the top-20 this year, and Sluiter has fallen out of the top-50, because it would be provided some challenge in his own country. WTF? We're talking about crippled or retired veteran players who peaked five to ten years ago and have been retired or in the twilight of their careers for numerous years.
And if I read this right Haase is still coughing up the monthly pay for this Sjonnie Majorca?
Sorry for my sarcasm, I may be exaggerating a little, but I wonder why in the past Haase wasn't able to get a respected or experienced international coach. That could have also helped to manage his physical problems better. I certainly do get the impression that a level of amateurism was apparent in Haase's entourage when he developed the serious injury last year. To the point that he played on with a fucked up knee until it locked up (literrally) in Scheveningen.
By the way, all the best to Robin.