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This one is a bit tricky and one should use Vladimir Lenin’s approach: ”Trust is good, control is better”. Most coaches will lie about their career achievements! Therefore, take the time and effort and double-check everything you can. Get in touch (e.g. facebook, e-mail) with some of their “former players” and find out first hand if the coach really worked with them or just hit some balls once for 5 minutes.

If you consider a coach that already has a “big name” then take a look at when they were successful and how many players they developed into top players.

  • Were they successful 20 years ago or recently?
  • Did they “only” coach one top player or a few?
  • What style of play (e.g. serve & volley) did their player(s) have?
  • How many players does the coach currently work with?
  • Do you feel that the coach is still as hungry for success as you are?

The dynamics of tennis have changed over the years and the coach needs to evolve with these changes if he/she wants to stay successful and develop talented players. If the coach had numerous top players indicates that he/she understands how to maximize the athlete’s potential instead of forcing the player to commit to a certain style of play. Also, it is almost impossible to coach more than 3 athletes at a time so that each one of them receives the attention and quality training they deserve. Many tennis academies are run by former tour players (e.g. Evert Academy) or coaches (e.g. Colon Nunez, coach of Andrés Gómez) but they weren’t able to help others to become top players on the tour. Yet, they are charging well for their services!

There are also many promising coaches out there that are very qualified but didn’t have the opportunity yet to work with a good junior – or professional player. So they don’t have former players to show for but would invest a lot of time and energy to make you a better player. Most often this is a good approach because it mutually benefits player and coach.

Regardless of whom you choose as your coach, the most important criterion is that you stay healthy and continuously improve. You have to give things some time but if you are working with someone and you don’t show improvements in e.g. 6 months then things need to change. Or if you show improvements but you are injured rather frequently during the season then the coach bears some responsibility as well. At the end of the day you have to decide, based on the aforementioned factors, who the best coach is for you.

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