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Paradorn trying out foreign coach

jirobkk
12-24-2004, 01:01 AM
Chanachai happy to have new input

TOR CHITTINAND ( BANGKOK POST )

For the first time in his career Thailand's tennis star Paradorn Srichaphan is hiring a foreign coach on a temporary basis as he prepares for the coming season.

Paradorn, who has slipped down to number 26 in the rankings, has always been coached by his father Chanachai.

He is now being coached by TJ Middleton, an American former ATP player who had been coaching 20th-ranked Vincent Spadea.

Bringing in a foreign coach does not indicate a split by Paradorn with his father who actually chose the new coach.

Chanachai said that Middleton had shown keen interest in coaching Paradorn since earlier this year.

``We initially did not make a decision. But he seemed so keen and persistent, Paradorn and I discussed the matter and decided it wouldn't do any harm to try him out,'' Chanachai said.

Middleton is currently in Pattaya with Paradorn who has been training at the the Royal Cliff Beach Resort with a number of Russian players.

Chanachai said no formal contract had been signed with Middleton.

`` We are paying him on a weekly basis and we'll see how it works out,'' he said. ``We are also paying his expenses.''

Paradorn's father said Middleton would travel to Australia with them for the Australian Open next month.

``We'll give it some time and will see if it help's Paradorn's game,'' Chanachai said.

``If it works out well we will probably keep him on.''

The decision to take on a foreign coach will probably please a number of Paradorn's fans who felt he had gone a bit flat in the recently finished season and needed some new ideas from a professional.

Middleton retired in 1999 after 10 years on the ATP tour, while still ranked in the top 80 of doubles.

He was ranked 50 in the world on the ATP Doubles tour in 1998. He is a Wimbledon titleist and an Australian Open and Italian Open quarter finalist.

Since retiring, he was the director of tennis at the prestigious Standard Club in Atlanta and presently serves as the managing partner at the Racquet Club of the South.

Chanachai said Paradorn's first tournament of the new season would be the Tata Open in Chennai which begins on January 3rd.

Paradorn won that tournament two years ago and was runner-up last year.

loner1984
12-26-2004, 02:13 AM
TJ Middleton!! I have seen him play once here in Atl, and he is a good player. He also has a reputation of being an arrogant aloof person here in the Atlanta tennis industry. I just didn't expect, out of all people for TJ middleton to coach Bon. TJ is primarily a doubles specialist. But hopefully a new set of eyes will help Bon improve his game and especially his strategy. :boxing:

TJ is no longer affiliated with RCS (Racquet Club of the South) by the way, I heard from some sources.

Dirk
01-01-2005, 11:45 PM
Finally he has a chance to make the most of his talent. Not a fan but hate to see great talent go to waste. If he makes him more patient and a better mover then he will have done a excellent job. Maybe though Paradorn is just too nice to win and be a great champion. Maybe that Buddhism makes him too much of a softie. Well 2005 will be a telling year.

The
01-03-2005, 12:21 AM
Finally he has a chance to make the most of his talent. Not a fan but hate to see great talent go to waste. If he makes him more patient and a better mover then he will have done a excellent job. Maybe though Paradorn is just too nice to win and be a great champion. Maybe that Buddhism makes him too much of a softie. Well 2005 will be a telling year.

Stereotyping anyone? Nah

Dirk
01-03-2005, 12:45 PM
Well it could explain his lack of competitiveness during matches. The guy doesn't have the makeup of a champion to go along with his game. Just trying to figure out why. Oh and you forgot to highlight the word Maybe in my post. Can you tell me for sure that it's not that???

The
01-04-2005, 05:08 PM
Well it could explain his lack of competitiveness during matches. The guy doesn't have the makeup of a champion to go along with his game. Just trying to figure out why. Oh and you forgot to highlight the word Maybe in my post. Can you tell me for sure that it's not that???

Can you tell me for sure that it is? Besides there are plenty of people that aren't buddhist that behave like Paradorn, who don't have that level of competitiveness. But really, if he wasn't competitive then he wouldn't even be close to top 20 in the world. We really don't know what's happening here.