Tennis coaches, current players and a poll too
The tennis coach. Sometimes a teacher, sometimes a companion, at times enigmatic, at other times nigh useless. Ideally, a tennis coach would work with a player to improve his technical, tactical, physical and mental attributes. This role demands a person with certain qualities. Not everyone can become a coach. First of all, it appears to the untrained eye (i.e. me) that a certain understanding of the tactical aspects of the game is paramount, in order to be able to create a sound winning strategy for the player. Likewise, he must be able to see what the weak points of a players´ strokes are and how those could be remedied. He must be able to teach him how to handle stressful situations, or stop the player from becoming stressed through creating rituals or distractions. And what must not be forgotten: the trainer must have the communicative skills to convey all of this.
Not often do you see the transition from absolute top players to top coaches. Oftentimes, the most talented players had such an intuitive understanding of the game, that they had trouble to pass that onto someone who lacked this understanding (in football one can see a similar phenomenon). At other times, they simply had enough of the travelling. Lesser players have been known to become good coaches. All in all, the possibility for a player to leave a legacy in the tennis world after his active career is tantalising.
There are several questions that I would like to ask of you. What are the qualities of a good coach according to you? Why is it that top players tend to make lesser coaches? And who of the current (or recently retired) players do you see having both the skills and the desire to become coaches one day?
NB: The names in the poll are somewhat randomly chosen, in the sense that I put them there based on a gut feeling that they could go down this road one day more than anything else and the poll is thus in no way trying to tell you who you should choose. If you think some player I did not name comes into consideration, please say so.
Last edited by Trollicki : 01-26-2013 at 11:27 PM.