Q&A with Jeff Coetzee (RSA)

ae wowww
04-17-2007, 04:09 PM
I am well aware that Jeff is far from one of the top tier players on tour, but nonetheless thought this may be of interest to some of you:

Bit of Background
You may or may not have heard of Jeff - he is a South African doubles specialist, with a career high ranking of 23 in February of 2003. He is a regular Davis Cup player for South Africa, and has four ATP doubles titles to his name: 2007 - Auckland; 2003 - Adelaide; 2002 - Amersfoort; 2002 - Tokyo.

A year and a bit ago, I posted a thread about Jeff to drum up a little publicity for his website. Here is an excerpt from that thread:

In 2003, Jeff Coetzee was playing the best tennis of his career. He and partner Chris Haggard won Adelaide, as a warm up to the Australian Open-where they made the Semi finals two weeks later. As a career best, Jeff and Chris were obviously delighted and took a short break.
During that break, Jeff was visiting family. He was driving when he became involved in a tragic car accident. Jeff was badly hurt, and his young nephew killed in the crash. Suddenly, Jeff's world had been turned upside down. It took Jeff months to recover from the accident, he made his comeback roughly eight months later, where he and John Laffnies de Jaeger lost in the first round-it was clear Jeff was by no means as strong. He managed to finish the year, but with only one real result making a final in Bucharest, the rest first (or second) round exits.
Ever since, Jeff has never quite found his feet. After the AO, he achieved a career high doubles rank of 23, however at present he is 77th.

Basically, Jeff is very much on the comeback trail. Both he and I would really like to get his website (www.jeffcoetzee.cjb.net (http://www.jeffcoetzee.cjb.net)) even bigger, and strengthen the support he has and the fan base. He suggested to me that we run some sort of question and answer for fans to ask him anything, and when he is in London soon, I will take those questions to him, and also take some off-court photos for the website. In summary, if anyone has any questions for him at all, perhaps about himself, life on the tour, or any number of topics, then you can post them here, send them via the website or email me them.

As I said earlier, he is not a particularly big name, but it might be interesting or useful for you to ask something general about the pro game, or suchlike. Anyway, I look forward to hearing from some of you!


04-17-2007, 04:11 PM
Thanks for the info Andrew. I have met Jeff several times over the last few years and he is a really really nice guy...glad to see he's doing well again after the terrible occurrence a few years back..

I will try and think of a question for him.

04-18-2007, 08:34 PM
I would like to know who he enjoyed playing with the most and the least, and why :)

04-18-2007, 09:31 PM
I'd like to know what he thinks of the current situation in South African tennis, given that there are currently no top 100 players in singles, as opposed to ten years ago when they had Ferreira in the top 10, as well as a few others like Stafford, Godwin, Ondruska, Van Rensburg, etc. Also considering they are currently in the Group III of Davis Cup, which is pretty poor for a former DC-winning nation.

04-23-2007, 11:18 AM
What was his favourite tournament victory?
What is his favourite tournament in general?

04-23-2007, 11:18 AM
Oh! And please ask him what he thinks of the changes made to the doubles game :D

ae wowww
05-01-2007, 08:14 PM
Thanks guys, I shall pass on these questions.. Please continue asking!