Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: aka TennisPower
The Williams sisters need a new coach for ...
The Williams sisters need a new coach for ... motivation, direction, focus and muscle-strength training. Well, we've been clamoring that for more than two years. This time, it's more critical than ever. Remember how these kids got where they are: they had Richard waking them up early in the morning to hit the court. He's been there day in day out throughout their development. He set the goals and honed their focus; he was driven, hungry and imaginative. Often, he even drew the wrath of Oracene for been so smitten with tennis.
Now, have we seen Richard lately? He had to let go; the sisters have grown up, …way up. On their own, they discovered there was more than tennis in life. The American culture flashed several success avenues before their eyes, and temptations set in. They did achieve entry into the celebrity world, a world that is known to be addictive. At the same time, they've seen their archrival Hingis gone, they’ve seen countless of other players on their way out due to injuries, and they are conscious of their own injuries. This whole tennis adventure may be called into question. Then comes death in the family to top it off. Ahh! What is life? What is all this fame and fortune? Is it all a mirage that can be gone in a flash? Philosophical thoughts that can engulf one’s mind.
At this crossroad, the Willis need a makeover. The competition, as exemplified by Kim and Justine, is not letting up. Any attempt at coming back requires their complete dedication. Oracene can't bring it; at least I don't see it. Richard has done his part. Now it takes a new coach (a la Justine's or Agassi's former coach) who breathes success on the court, success on the tour, and can plan for it with short-term milestones and long-term objectives. Maybe two such coaches, one for each sister.
What say you?
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"Playing aggressive tennis ... that's always the way to go, if you ask me." - Venus Williams, May/2002
"Some shots I will hit hard but not every ball. I'm not just using my power." - Serena Williams, Oct/2002
Last edited by TennisPower; Feb 15th, 2004 at 08:24 PM.