Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: The West Indies
I think that Oracene is not nearly as motivating or effective as Richard but at this stage of her career Venus should know better, she should know what works. She said in a recent interview that she liked how it felt going to the net and winning points at the net. Are you trying to tell me that Oracene should be able to convince Venus to play otherwise if she (Venus) found it to be more successful.
I agree that Richard is the real coach and has a lot more impact on the girls' improvement. As far as I'm concerned Orancene just travels with them because he can't, as a support base both morally and as family; it must be difficult for these players to be away from home for such long periods and only being able to communicate with their families by phone, so they (who can afford to have it) need a family member there. I was so heartened to read today that both Sjeng Schalken and Marat Safin (although I'm jealous as hell) have their female companions with them. It helps, you know.
But a coach Oracene is not, and if Venus dares to listen to advice she knows isn't best for her it'll be her own undoing. Maybe Richard can catch a boat to Paris and get there in time for RG, huh?
Go, Venus, do the right thing not the politically correct thing.