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Old 03-07-2007, 07:18 AM   #126
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The summary of the last articles:
They left for IW on Monday. Delaitre stresses the "unknown" factors, he hasn't been on the tour since 2000, doesn't even know the actual players well, just saw them on TV. As for Gael, he kept practicing during his time without a coach, but not in the right way.
The first point will be to teach Gael some "principles". Gael loves the spontaneity in his game, but you can't expect to enter the top 10 with this attitude.
Having somebody in the stands during the matches might help him for IW. His game is still there: the serve and the big, explosive FH. He must avoid long matches because he'll probably be too short physically. So the plan for IW is to attack more.
His serve is good, but his 1st serve percentage is too low and his 2nd ball lacks "volume". It always has been his problem. When he was younger, he could only slice his 2nd serve. Now he's able to serve in a different way, but he doesn't know how to use it. Delaitre means he serves better than he did though.
Gael just doesn't know how to volley, he still has to learn it.
His personality isn't as strange as people say. He's honest, he wants people to tell him the truth, but it must remain between himself and his coach. Gael can't stand it when people criticize him without knowing him.
There are a few things he can't afford anymore if he wants to become a top 10 player. He can't keep wasting time. It will be a question of ambition.
He's a bit crazy, but Delaitre likes that because he didn't have this "crazy side" at all as a player. Gael makes him laugh.
He lost time in the past few weeks, for sure, but maybe it will have taught him a few things.
Delaitre has absolutely no ambitions for himself as a coach, it's really all about Gael and maybe that's what Gael appreciates. He wouldn't have done it for anybody else. Gael is a touching guy, blablabla.
He will coach him officially until Bercy, but they will see after the US Open if they want to go on.
They're going to work with the Lagardère Team and not the French Federation, although the FFT was ready to pay more. They get a better support from the Lagardère Team in sport matters (like the physical preparation). But they're not completely part of the team, Delaitre gets paid by Gael.

And I posted some reactions when they were interviewed at the airport:
Gael sounds extremely happy about the collaboration and reacts pretty angrily when he is asked about his poor form (if he's that bad, what about the other guys who are behind him in the rankings?)
Delaitre stresses Gael is far from being able to win a big thing yet. He'll probably need 4-5 sorry 2-3 more years. The competition is so strong. Gael must still find his real game. Improvement margin in tactical matters = 80%. The main lines for the training will be the volley, the return, the serve. It can take time...

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